Odisha: Consultation with faith leaders on ending violence against children

Bhubaneswar: Children are victims of untold violence in every sphere of society which become high concerned of social activists and stakeholders. Violence against children exists in different forms such as child labour harmful traditional practices, child marriage, child abuse, child trafficking, the absence of parental care and commercial sexual exploitation, corporal punishment in schools.

Faith leaders can play vital role to protect children from violence expressed by many eminent dignitaries while participating in a Consultation with faith leaders on ending violence against children organised by Odisha Alliance for Child rights (OACR) ,National Action and coordination Group to end violence against children (NACG-EVAC),Odisha & India Alliance for Child Rights today at Hotel Excellency .The consultation was chaired by Ranjan Kumar Mohanty,Chairman of OACR.
Speaking in the consultation Ms.Razia Ismail ,Head of IACR, pointed out that the basic issue before all faiths and cultures was to uphold human rights, which apply universally to all children, and to unitedly work for all children’s safety and dignity. Amongst others told that Mrs.Kasturi Mohapatra, Chairman, Odisha State Commission for protection of Child rights. Mrs. Alka Gupta , UNICEF, Krushna Gopal Das,Radhakanta Math,Arjya Kumar Gyanendra, Dr.Badrinath Pattnaik, Viswa Hindu Parishad ,Md. Shahnawaz, President Mosque Committee, Bishop DB Hrudya, OFU, Prof. Kabyatara Panigrahi,Bahai Faith, Balaram Samantray, Gayatri Shaktipitha,Usharani Behera ,BGVS,Mrs.Anuradha Mohanty Executive Director PECUC and many religious faith leaders shared their valuable ideas towards ending the child violence through awareness ,education and social action.