YUPIA, Jun 24: The Papum Pare's Department of Women and Child Development conducted an orientation and sensitization program on the Juvenile Justice Act, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act. The event, held at the ZPC conference hall in Yupia, aimed to bolster legal frameworks and ensure the safety and protection of children and women.

The programme was attended by medical officers from PHCs and CHCs of Papum Pare, circle officers and judicial magistrates, Child Welfare Committee members, Special Juvenile Police units (SJPUs) members, Child Welfare Police Officers (CWPOs), and presiding officers of the Internal Complaints Committee from various departments.

Papum Pare deputy commissioner Jiken Bomjen expressed concern over the rising number of offenses against children. He emphasized the importance of a unified societal effort to combat such offenses, including raising awareness, implementing preventive measures, and providing support for affected children and their families. Bomjen urged all officials to pledge their vigorous support to protective services and advocacy groups.

Bomjen also highlighted the need for intensified awareness activities against adolescent marriages and pregnancies. He called for a multifaceted approach involving government, NGOs, communities, and organizations to protect and empower adolescents.

Superintendent of police Taru Gusar underscored the significance of the POCSO Act, the Juvenile Justice Act, and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act in ensuring justice and protection for children and women from abuse and exploitation. Gusar explained recent amendments to these laws, including stricter penalties for offenses, speedy trials, improved guidelines for child-friendly court procedures, and the establishment of special courts for POCSO cases. He stressed the importance of regular training and awareness programs to foster a safe and respectful workplace culture.

In the technical sessions, advocate Kani Nada Maling, president of Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, discussed the Juvenile Justice Act and Adoption regulations. Resource persons including advocate Oyam Binngep and Nirjuli CDPO Tana Chammro spoke on the POCSO Act and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, respectively. The program also featured awareness videos on WCD, POCSO, and adoption.

The event highlighted the collective responsibility of all stakeholders in ensuring the protection and well-being of children and women in the community.