Conferences & Seminars
Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, in collaboration with University of Delhi organized a seminar on "POCSO ACT and AGE OF CONSENT: A DILEMMA" on 6th July at Indian Law Institute, Delhi. The seminar was organized with an objective to gather suggestions and perspectives on how to proceed in cases, wherein two adolescents voluntarily engage in a sexual relationship without any elements of assault, exploitation, or criminality.
The seminar had a keynote address given by Hon'ble Justice A.P. Shah, the chief guest of the evening. Following which a panel discussion was done with Mr. Anant Asthana, Ms. Seema Khandekar and MS. G.C Kavitha moderated by Ms. Bharti Ali. This seminar witnessed the presence of stakeholders across the various fields such as Civil Society Organizations, Lawyers, Member Secretary of DLSA, JJB's, iProbono, Child Welfare Committee, DCP's, ACP's, DwCD, DCPU's, and other organizations came under one roof to discuss how to make Delhi a safe city for children.
Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights has organized a conference for discussion into the issue of constitutional validity of Section 26 of the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Amendment Act, 2021 (“Amendment Act”) that amended Section 86 of the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (“Principal Act”). The Amendment Act has made offenses under Principal Act, 2015 which are punishable with imprisonment for a term of 3 years and above but not more than 7 years as non-cognizable which means that the Police cannot register the FIR or investigate or effect arrest, if required, without the order of a Judicial Magistrate.
Earlier such offenses under the Principal Act, 2015 were cognizable. Consequent to the Amendment Act the offenses under Section 75 (Punishment for cruelty to child.), Section 76 (Employment of child for begging), Section 77 (Penalty for giving intoxicating liquor or narcotic drug or psychotropic substance to a child), Section 78 (Using a child for vending, peddling, carrying, supplying or smuggling any intoxicating liquor, narcotic drug or psychotropic substance), Section 79 (Exploitation of a child employee), Section 81 (Sale and procurement of children for any purpose), Section 82(Corporal punishment) and Section 83 (Use of child by militant groups or other adults) under the Principal Act, 2015 have been made non-cognizable.
Even though the aforesaid offenses are grave and serious in nature, they have been made non-cognizable by the Amendment Act 2021, thereby, defeating the very objective and purpose of the Principal Act and diluting the rights of the Children. The Commission made an appeal to the Central Government that the Section 26 of the Amendment Act that makes the offenses against children which are punishable with imprisonment for a term of 3 years and above but not more than 7 years as non-cognizable should be amended suitably to restore the Section 86 of the Principal Act, 2015.
The speakers included Mr. Sanjay Singh (Hon’ble MP Rajya Sabha), Ms. Atishi (Hon’ble MLA Kalkaji, Delhi), DCPCR Chairperson Mr. Anurag Kundu, Senior Advocate Ms. Vrinda Grover, West Bengal SCPCR Chairperson Ms. Ananya Chakraborty and Rajasthan SCPCR Chairperson Ms. Sangeeta Beniwal.
To mark the 10th year of service to the children, the Commission organised a national conference on 29. 07. 2018, bringing different stakeholders to share and showcase their best practices on the themes of social inclusion in schools and classrooms, particularly with regard to the integration of children belonging to socially and economically weaker sections in private schools, fostering discipline in schools to positively influence the behaviours of children without resorting to physical or mental violence of any kind, engaging the parents in the schools’ functioning and bridging learning deficit by sharing issues, observations, and innovations to bridge this gap.
The conference had participation from 4 different states and nearly 10 civil society organisations. It was attended by more than 40 education officials of municipal and state government along with nearly 40 civil society organisations.
DCPCR in partnership with the NGO - Save the Children, India organised a One-day Round Table Conference on Child Sexual abuse wherein Save the Children presented the findings of exploratory research. This conference was organised on 27.08.2019 to understand the spatial dynamics of Child Sexual Abuse cases in Delhi, the hierarchy of vulnerable locations, and preventive actions to collectively address the issue with all the concerned stakeholders.