Srinagar, January 21: Prioritizing safety of children and vouching to stand against child labour, the Jammu and Kashmir Police launched a special drive against child labour in the state's Katra city and rescued seven children.
The police team and the Child Welfare Committee (care and protection of child team) conducted special drive against child labour, begging and other crimes related to juveniles in Katra on Sunday.
During the special drive, the team found five children working at various eating points on the track to cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi and found two minors begging. The rescued children were handed over by the Child Welfare Committee to their parents with proper guidelines of the Juvenile Justice Act.
The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for Amendment in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 to make punishment more stringent for committing sexual crimes against children. The amendment is expected to discourage the trend of child sexual abuse by acting as a deterrent due to strong penal provisions incorporated in the Act. It may protect the interest of vulnerable children in times of distress and ensures their safety and dignity.
The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 was enacted to provide a robust legal framework for the protection of children from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography, while safeguarding the interest of the child at every stage of the judicial process.