Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Dr Sunita Changkakati (right) at a pre-programme press conference in Guwahati held for the launch of the ‘Sishu Suraksha’ app Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) is coming up with a mobile application (e-box) for the registration of complaints about violation of child rights. The application ‘Sishu Suraksha’, will be launched on Children’s Day on Thursday by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

At a press conference in Guwahati on Tuesday, ASCPCR chairperson Dr Sunita Changakakati addressed the media and urged them to promote the application through their respective platforms.

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“Any person in Assam, whether in a very remote village or city, if he sees that child rights is being denied to somebody, or it could be child labour, child marriage or child harassment, the person can report to us through the app. The app will then notify us and we will take the necessary actions,” said Changkakati, adding: “In the entire Northeast, this is the first time we are launching the app. In India, we are probably the second,” she said.

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Exercising the powers and functions mandated under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Acts, 2005 (CPCR Act, 2005), the ASCPCR has observed in monitoring visits to the districts that the message of protection of rights of children is yet reach the masses.

Keeping in mind the mission of a digital India, the ASCPCR decided to develop an e-complaint box, by the name of Sishu Suraksha, which means ‘child protection’. The e-box will run on Android and iOS devices and will enable users from all over Assam to lodge a complaint about instances of child rights violation. The purpose of the e-box is to empower citizens to take moral responsibility for protecting our future generations.

“From November 14 to 20, the entire week is celebrated as child rights week. So, we have also asked the education department to notify the schools and make the teachers pledge on a particular day during this week. ‘I stand for child safety and I will play an active role in keeping children safe. I am a part of the solution’ is the pledge that the teachers are going to take,” the ASCPCR chairperson said, adding, “If the people in Assam become aware and use this application and also follow the pledge then the children will be protected and safe.”

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