International Justice Mission Hosts Award Ceremony

On Human Rights Day

News Desk, News Nation 360: International Justice Mission (IJM), Kolkata, with the support of Jibontala Block Development Office and Canning Women Police Station presented awards to Adolescent Group Members and Child Marriage Survivors on the occasion of Human Rights Day. The awards were presented to them by Suman Chatterjee, Block Development Management Officer (BLPO), Jibontala, and Tanushree Mondal, Officer-In-Charge, Canning Women Police Station. Adolescent Groups consists of children between the age group of 13-19 years, who are part of the Village Level Child Protection Committee (VLCPC). Four representatives from the children’s group become members of VLCPC to share and ensure that issues related to child rights violation are addressed before the VLCPC in their community. These groups act as the watchdogs and immediately raises alarm or complain to the VLCPC/Childline and local police in case of any child rights violation. The adolescent groups are created to provide a safe space where children/adolescents can express themselves and raise issues that concern them. Seven Adolescent Group Members and Child Marriage Survivors of four Village Level

Child Protection Committee (VLCPC) were conferred with the award that included a trophy, certificate, and stationery kits. The awardees were selected based on the proactiveness of the Adolescent Group Members in reporting cases to the Village Level Child Protection Committee (VLCPC) and stopping child marriages from happening. Saji Philip, Director of Operations, International Justice Mission, Kolkata, told from being a victim of child marriage to becoming a member of a group to report such activities is a big transformation. They salute these children for their strong and continuous support. The idea for such an occasion is to inspire others around their areas to come forward and report child abuse cases happening. 

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Report : Anustup Kundu

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