Ranchi, Jharkhand, 01 November 2014 :: Over 500 NCC [ National Cadet Corps ] cadets of 19th Jharkhand battalion joined hands with Jharkhand Police and UNICEF [ The United Nations Children’s Fund ] in the fight against violence and abuse on children. The three month long campaign aims to create awareness about child violence and abuse and how to protect children.
S. N Pradhan [ Additional Director General of Jharkhand Police ], stressed the need to break the silence and raise the voice against violence and abuse on children. The society unfortunately doesn’t fully recognize the rights of children as human rights. He urged the NCC cadets to use their uniform to protect the rights of the children. “ NCC is the largest voluntary organization in uniform in the world. NCC cadets can influence students and the society’’ He added.
Responding to a query of cadet Rahul on sexual abuse of a girl in his village, Mr Pradhan said that the matter should be continuously pursued till action is initiated. He shared the helpline No. 88 77 44 44 44 to report cases of child abuse, child marriage, child labour, child trafficking and other violation of child rights.
Job Zachariah [ Chief UNICEF Jharkhand ] sought the support of NCC cadets in the fight against child labour, child marriage, child trafficking and violence against children. “ Ncc cadets are leaders among students in colleges and schools. Youth will listen to them and therefore NCC cadets can be powerful agents of change in the society. NCC cadets are ambassadors who can promote child rights” Mr Zachariah added.
There are over 20,000 NCC cadets spread over 300 colleges and schools in the state.
The programme was attended by Col. V Marwah, Lt. Col. M K Bhadani, Ms Priti Shrivastava, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF among others.