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Students pen essay on ‘Child rights’ in districts

By EMN Updated: Oct 21, 2016 12:00 am

Dimapur, October 20: To promote and spread basic legal literacy among younger generations, District Legal Services Authorities conducted essay writing competition in various districts on October 20 on the topic ‘Child rights in India.’
In Zunheboto, the essay writing competition was conducted at Sunbeam School, organised by the Zunheboto District Legal Services Authority (ZDLSA), where the keynote address was delivered by Tovi Yeptho, retainer lawyer of Zunheboto District Legal Services Authority.
Speaking on the importance of child rights, Tovi lamented that many citizens are still unaware of the importance of children’s rights mainly due to lack of awareness. He emphasised that the rights guarantee by UNCRC in 1989 is focused mainly on the care and protection of children’s right as children are the pillars of the future.
Tovi highlighted on the importance of Pocso Act enacted in 2012 and stressed that every child must be protected and their interests be safeguarded. He also highlighted on Article 21A which guarantees the right to free and compulsory education to children upto the age of 14 and child labour (Protection and Regulation) Act 1986, which prohibits the employment of children in hazardous occupation.A total of thirty (30) students contested in the competition with great zeal and interest. Pivikali L Zhimo bagged the first prize, while the second and third prizes were won by Avi Zhimo and Limbo respectively. The three winners were awarded with cash prizes and gift hampers were presented to all the participants.
In Dimapur, the essay writing competition was held at Assembly of God Higher Secondary School organised by the Dimapur District Legal Services Authority.
Panel lawyers of Dimapur District Legal Services Authority apprised the students on the salient features of Child rights in India, Right to Education and fundamental duties enshrined in the constitution.
The winners of the competition were awarded cash prize along with certificates.
In Mokokchung, the competition was organised by Mokokchung District Legal Services Authority at the Bar Room, District Court Building.
Panel lawyers and Para Legal Volunteers of Mokokchung District Legal Services Authority supervised the competition where fifteen students from eight schools sat for the competition.
The winners of the essay competition will be adjudged and award cash prizes along with certificates in time to come.

By EMN Updated: Oct 21, 2016 12:00:12 am