New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights today expressed hope that the Bill on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences, currently in the Rajya Sabha, will be passed quickly. Offering support to a global campaign against child trafficking, NCPCR chairperson Shantha Sinha said the Commission has been “burdened” by the voices of three lakh Indians who have petitioned on child trafficking.
“It is a shame that children are being treated the way that they are. It is totally unacceptable. These petitions are a burden on the Commission and they are nudging us to wake up and complete our work,” she told reporters here.
Sinha expressed hope that the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011 will be passed by Parliament at the earliest. While the Bill has legalised consensual sex with a person aged between 16-18 years, it has to be considered whether the consent for such act has been obtained by use of violence, force, intoxicants, drugs and deceit. This law will cover all new aspects of sexual offences against children not covered by any other existing law.The petitions have been collected by the Body Shop as part of its “Stop Sex Trafficking” campaign through which more than three lakh people across 30 Indian cities have pledged to stand up against child trafficking and sexual abuse.
“Our forte is awareness creation and we have raised ten lakh pounds in charity for our global signature campaign that will make people understand the cause of child trafficking and come out in its support,” Shriti Malhotra, the Chief Operating Officer for Body Shop India said.All petitions in 65 countries, that have been collected through the campaign will be presented to the United Nations by the end of this year. (More) PTI VMR ETB
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