‘Institutionalisation of physically challenged children increases vulnerability’

An awareness programme on ‘child sexual abuse’ was held at Tousem United Baptist Church, Tamenglong

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an awareness programme on ‘child sexual abuse’ was held at Tousem United Baptist Church, Tamenglong on September 27.

The awareness programme was organised by the district administration in collaboration with the One Stop Centre (OSC) Tamenglong under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme. Around 50 young girls attended the programme.

OSC staff, Chambuan Bariam spoke as a resource person at the programme and elaborated on the topic ‘Every child is different’. She also pointed out that children and adolescents who are physically challenged can be vulnerable to sexual abuse, violence and exploitation.

The frequent ‘institutionalisation’ of physically challenged children, denying them the right to grow up in a family environment, can further impact their full potential and can increase their vulnerability, she added.

She also said that child helpline number 1098 is functional in Tamenglong district and any case which is related to POCSO Act may be informed.
 

First Published:Sept. 29, 2020, 11:19 a.m.

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