Assam Assembly Speaker Hitendranath Goswami urged lawmakers to understand the rights of children and adolescents and involve the public in resolving their issues and problems.
He also urged media persons to focus on health, hygiene, nutrition, education and child protection issues in hill areas, tea gardens, forest villages and those displaced by flood, erosion and other natural disasters.
“Lawmakers represent the public and it is they who should partner the government and help in resolving the problems faced by different sections of the people, particularly children and adolescents,” Goswami said.
“If the problem persists even after it is highlighted, then we all fail”, he said while speaking at the Media Fellowship Awards programme organised by the UNICEF and the Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University (KKHSOU) here.
Altogether 18 journalists from the print and electronic media along with two teams of Young Reporters were awarded at the programme.
Goswami lauded the media persons who received the awards and urged them to not just highlight problems but also ensure that it is resolved.
The leader of the opposition in the state Assembly Debabrata Saikia said it is easy to make laws but concerted efforts must be made to implement the laws.
According to the report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the number of cases related to crime against children increased from 1,385 in 2014 to 2,385 in 2015 and 3,964 in 2016. The NCRB report also revealed 821 cases of the sexual offence against children in Assam in 2016 of which 586 were rape cases. Mizoram reported 167 cases followed by Tripura (156), Meghalaya (151), Manipur (43) and Nagaland (27). The cases were registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.
(Inputs from PTI)