Bhubaneswar 27/11: Working together in convergence and coordination can make the future of our
children safe was said by Tusharkanti Behera, Minister of State, Home, Electronics and Information
Technology, Sports and youth services joining as the Chief Guest in the valedictory session of the
National Consultation and Stakeholders Convergence Meeting for Ending Child Sexual Abuse
organized at Bhubaneswar by National Action and Coordination Group for ending Violence Against
Children (NACG EVAC )India. Generating awareness among the parents especially in the rural area,
strengthening child protection mechanism in the school, handholding from the Govt. side can help in
curbing the child sexual abuse and exploitation was emphasized by Mr. Behare. The two days national
consultation successfully concluded today. The National Consultation for Ending Child Sexual Abuse
and exploitation was organized at Hotel Excellency, by National Action Coordination Group for
Ending Violence against Children (NACG EVAC) India, & it’s National Secretariat People’s Cultural
Centre (PECUC), in collaboration with BMZ, WVG, WVI, in association with ABHAS, ADF, ADARSH, AV
VHAI. More than 150 delegates from 25 different states and Union Territories from both Govt. and
Non Govt. Organisation participated in this National Consultation.
Addressing the valedictory session in the virtual platform Shree Priyank Kanoongo, Chairperson,
National Commission For protection of Child Rights said rights of the children cannot be suppressed
and they should be given oppurtunity to put forward their issues. He further said that the support
system should be strengthened to provide essential support to district child protection mechanism.
Mr. Santhanagopalan R, IAS, Commissioner cum Secretary, labour and ESI Dept. Govt. of Odisha
addressing the gathering said that children at work are more vulnerable to Child sexual abuse and
exploitation .We have to work together to make india child labour and child sexual abuse free.
Presiding the valedictory session Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Chairperson, NACG EVAC India stressed that
through convergence and coordination at the village level to country level is the need of the hour.
Mikhael Pradhan, Head Advocacy, World Vision, India presented the recommendations and Aditi P
Kaur, Thematic Head, Child Participation, NACG EVAC India summed the deliberation of national
consultations. In today’s session success stories were shared by the representatives of both the
govt.and non Govt . agencies i.e. Sanjay Kumar, Chairperson, CWC, Nalanda, Parul Seth, Director,
Shaisav, Ms, Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC, Arun Shrama, DCPO, Delhi, Dr. Gayatri
Devi, Special Public Prosecutor, Koraput, Adbdhesh Yadav, CEO, SPID, Delhi, Ubachak Mohanty,
Secretary, MIHU. Deliberation on the topic of laws to end child sexual abuse and exploitation,
opportunities and lacunas in enforcement of POCSO Act, JJCPC Act was made by the dignitaries like
Kesali Apparao, Chairperson Andhrapradesh SCPCR, K. Naganna Gowda, Chairperson Karnataka
SCPCR, Ananya Chakraborty Chatterjee, Advisor, West Bengal, SCPCR, Shashanka Sekhar, Former
member, DCPCR, Advocate Supreme Court of India and Head, Centre for Research and Advocacy for
Child Rights and Persons with Disability. Kasturi Mohapatra, Former Chairperson OSCPCR and SSEPD.
This session was chaired by Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Vice Chair, NACG EVAC India. Vote of thanks was moved
by Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC.