23-April-2022

Prayas JAC Society’s Gujarat Team Invited for Delivering a Talk at Sensitization Workshop Conducted by DRM Office, Ahmedabad

Prayas JAC Society’s Gujarat Team Invited for Delivering a Talk at Sensitization Workshop Conducted by DRM Office, Ahmedabad

One of our District Project Coordinators of Prayas JAC Society’s Gujarat unit, under the Project ‘Ensuring Access to Justice’ was invited amongst concerned stakeholders for speaking at a sensitization workshop organized by Divisional Railway Manager’s (DRM) office, Ahmedabad in which railway police officers from Ahmedabad, Vatva, Gandhinagar, Maninagar, Sabarmati, Himmatnagar, Kalol, Mehsana, Palanpur, Viramgam, Dhagadra, Malia, Gandhidham, Bhuj & Radhanpur participated. The Ahmedabad West Railway head also marked his presence in the sensitization workshop conducted on April 22, 2022. Prayas JAC Society’s Gujarat unit was invited as a distinguished speaker at the program to talk about the different acts related to the children and how Railway Police could play a significant role in helping the child in need along with other stakeholders like Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Ahmedabad Railway Childline, and a volunteer from Friends of Women & Children (FFWC).

Representing Prayas’ Gujarat team, Mr. Indrasinh Chauhan, Ms. Sonam Sanger and Mr. Ghanshyam Prajapati attended the workshop. The session on Juvenile Justice Act and the important steps, recognizing the sensitivity of the different issues related to children to be kept in consideration while registering an FIR was conducted by our District Project Co-ordinator, Mr. Indrasinh Chauhan and the various points which were discussed are as follows –

1. There was a discussion about Child Labor and the various provisions under Child Labor (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986. The creation of awareness around Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2015 – JJ Act which included detailed mentions about the role of Child Welfare Committee (CWC), definition of Children in Need of Care & Protection (CNCP) and Children in Conflict with Law (CCL) and structure of Juvenile Justice Board. The different Child Care Institutions under JJ Act such as observation homes, special homes, place of safety, children homes and adoption centers were discussed at length.

2. There were conversations about the various important sections such as sections 74- 80, under Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2015 in the presence of 58 Railway Police Officers.

3. The sensitization on the roles and responsibilities of Child Welfare Police Officers and Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) were also taken up.

4. There was a dialogue and discourse around the proceedings in regards to Child Trafficking. And at last was an initiation of dialogue about how we as a team can work along with Railway Police Force (RPF), and other stakeholders like coolie, house keepers and people working in different roles with Indian Railways in spreading awareness & working with a vigilant vision in carefully identifying children at risk at railway stations and areas around the railway stations. There was a discussion around how we can help them at every level – macro & micro. There was also a discourse around the planning to conduct a sensitization program with different stakeholders of Railway Department in the next quarter.

About Prayas JAC Society

Prayas JAC Society, a national level NGO, is operating in 10 states/UTs from Arunachal to Andamans, J&K being the latest. Working for 34 years, among others, in the areas of child rights and empowerment of marginalized children, youth and women. Prayas is working for child protection, care, development, rehabilitation and social reintegration and justice for estimated 35 million children in need of care and protection (CNCP).

Prayas JAC Society is presently working with nearly 700 full time co-workers, over 38 Homes/Shelters/6-Childlines (1098) for the distressed children operational in Delhi, Bihar and Andaman & Nicobar Islands and 164 centres/units providing education, skilling, life skill program, health services etc. alongside multiple juvenile justice and child protection, counter trafficking & child labour, crisis intervention centre and other projects.

For more information and interaction with our Founder General Secretary, Mr. Amod K. Kanth. Kindly write to:

Mr. Pawan Kumar, Manager- Media, Email -pawan@prayaschildren.org, Contact (M): 9311506910

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