[AI] Letter reg National Child Protection Policy

Sruti disAbility Rights Centre sruti.darc at gmail.com
Tue Jan 1 07:46:15 EST 2019

January 1, 2019

Press Release

We are herewith releasing the text of the letter dated January 1, 2019 sent
jointly by thirty-three organisations from various states working among
children and persons with disabilities. This is in response to the Draft
National Child Protection Policy to which comments were sought by the
Ministry of Women & Child Development, from stakeholders.

General Secretary, NPRD

Full Text of the Letter

Ministry of Women & Child Development
Government of India
Shastri Bhawan
New Delhi 110 001

Dear Sir,

Sub: Draft National Child Protection Policy

We have gone through the Draft of the National Child Protection Policy
dated December 14, 2018 uploaded on the Ministry’s website.

We have had a preliminary discussion among disability rights groups,
especially those working among children, women’s organisations as well as
organisations working on child rights.

We opine that:

1.   It is welcome that the government has come out with this long overdue
policy draft.
2.   However, we feel that it is more in the form of guidelines and
expectations from various duty holders and less of a policy statement on
child protection.
3.   The commitment and responsibility of the government, unfortunately, is
missing in the draft.
4.   From the disability perspective, two important legislations – the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and the Mental Health Care
Act, 2017 – are not even acknowledged in the Draft. India is also a
signatory to the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with
Disabilities – this also does not find mention.
5.   Most of the people we have spoken to are unaware of the publication of
this draft policy and hence are unable to give a comprehensive response.

We therefore request that:

1.   Since this would be a long-term policy concerning 40 per cent of our
population, much more deliberations need to be undertaken. Consultations at
various levels are necessary.
2.   To enable us to respond adequately, sufficient time is required for
organisations engaged with children to enable them to prepare their
3.   The last date for receiving responses from stakeholders may be
extended by a month to February 4, 2019.

In the interest of our children and for the framing of a better and
comprehensive policy, we hope you will respond to our request positively.

Signatory Organisations:

1.   Muralidharan, General Secretary, National Platform for the Rights of
the Disabled,
2.   Kumar Shailabh, Co-Director, HAQ: Centre for Child Rights
3.   Radhika Alkazi, Astha
4.   Merry Barua, Director, Action for Autism
5.   Syamala Gidigu, Director, Action for Ability Development and Inclusion
Kanti Ganguly, General Secretary, Paschim Banga Rajya Prathibandhi
Sammelani, West Bengal
S Namburajan, General Secretary, Tamilnadu Assn for the Rights of All Types
of Differently-Abled & Caregivers
O Vijayan, General Secretary, Differently-Abled Welfare Federation, Kerala
Rishikesh Rajli, General Secretary, Haryana Viklang Adhikar Manch
Adivaiah, General Secretary, Vikalangula Hakkula Jathiya Vedika, Telangana
Meenu Mani, Convenor, Delhi Viklang Adhikar Manch
Dayabhai Gajera, Gujarat Viklang Adhikar Manch
Subhash Gupta, Jharkhand Viklang Morcha
Rangappa Dasar, General Secretary, Karnataka Rajya Angavikalara Mattu
Palakara Okkota
Lakshadweep Disabled Association
Banamali Dhupal, Platform for Rights of Disabled, Odisha
Salil Debbarma, General Secretary, Tripura Rajya Prathibandi Sammelani
Appala Naidu, Vikalangula Hakkula Jathiya Vedika, Andhra Pradesh
19.                Shampa Sengupta, Director, Sruti Disability Rights
Centre, Kolkata
20.                Seema Lal, Together We Can, Kochi, Kerala
21.                Seema Baquer, Lawyer & Cross Disability Consultant
22.                Jo Chopra, Latika Roy Foundation
23.                Kirti Shukla, Jan Swasthiya Abhiyan
24.                Mukesh Gupta, President, Northern Railway Physically
Handicapped Employees Association
25.                Murali Padmanabhan, Disability Inclusion Advisor (SCA),
Light for the World
26.                Dave Deuel, Independent Disability Researcher
27.                Gautam Chaudhary, Sanchar, Kolkata
28.                Meenakshi Balasubramaniam, Equals, Chennai
29.                Rahi Foundation, Delhi
30.                Rahi Foundation, Kolkata
31.                Rukmini Sen, Professor, School of Liberal Studies,
Ambedkar University Delhi
32.                Dus theke Dus Hazaar, a platform against sexual
violence, West Bengal
33.                Saswati Acharya, Co-ordinator, Ankur Advocacy Group,
Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, Kolkata

Submitted from the office of:

National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled
36, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla Lane, New Delhi 110001
Tel. 9868768543

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