Awareness programme on Human Trafficking & Child Protection System held at Jiribam

Our Correspondent
JIRIBAM, Jul 11: FXB India Suraksha in association with All Jiribam Working Journalist Union organized a one day awareness program for community members on Human Trafficking and strengthening child protection activities at JNN Conference Hall, in Jiribam today.
The main objective of the programme was to bring together community leaders representing different civil society organizations and discuss on the major role the leaders play in strengthening mechanisms to ensure protection and safety of the children as well combating trafficking of persons from the district. 31 representatives of various CSOs participated in the training programme.
The programme was conducted as part of project Mukti - an anti-trafficking initiative to combat human trafficking and child sexual abuse in Manipur implemented with the support of ECPAT Luxembourg since 2015 in Imphal and Ukhrul. Similar awareness programmes were organized in Moreh, Tengnoupal district recently, said officials.
The project has been actively training journalists in Imphal, Ukhrul and Tengnoupal on the Ethical Media Reporting on incidences of violence against children and women, said officials at the event.
Inaugurating the programme Ng Bishwajit Singh, president, AJWJU said, “Human trafficking and crime against children are two social issues that the society is currently facing. Proper awareness and efforts at all levels are required to fight these  crimes," he said.
Sunil Meitei, Project Officer, FXB India Suraksha spoke about crime against children. He highlighted various provisions under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012 which criminalizes any form of abuse such as uncomfortable touch, penetrative, showing pornographic content, passing sexually abusive comments etc as sexual offences. He discussed Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 which is the strongest law available for the complete welfare of children and the provisions laid out in it.
Wungreiso A Sangh, Project Officer FXB India Suraksha said that Jiribam is one of the vulnerable districts as it shares its border with Assam.
Till date FXB India Suraksha through project Mukti has been able to reach out to around 7,500 students and 10,000 community people, religious leaders through its various awareness generation programmes.
It has trained around 220 law enforcement agencies including Assam Rifles, 300 Government officials, 200 journalists in Imphal, Ukhrul and Tengnoupal districts of Manipur.
Moreover, 2,000 adolescents and teachers have been trained through adolescent clubs and 16 Vigilance Committees have been formed and migration registers introduced in Ukhrul district, said officials.