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Conference on Protection of Child Rights from Jan 18

Posted on Jan 17, 09:12PM | UNI

The Department of Applied Psychology of Pondicherry University will organise a three-day International Conference on 'Protection of Child Rights: Issues and Challenges' in association with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Puducherry, from January 18 to 21.

According to a university release here today, in India, child abuse and neglect is a grave social and cultural problem.

Although there is no reliable national level data on the issue, available evidence indicates that the problem is serious and deep-rooted. The Government in India is a signatory to UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and protective legislation exists in many forms. However, enforcement can only be effective when the general population and professional groups are aware of, and actively support, national and local efforts to prevent child maltreatment.

Justice P P Naolekar, Former Judge of Supreme Court and presently Lokayukt, State of Madhya Pradesh, will participate in the inaugural function of the conference as Chief Guest.

International speakers like Emeritus Professor Kim Oates, Sydney Medical School, Australia, Prof. Jon R Conte, University of Washington, US, Jenny Gray, President, International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), UK and Prof Michael Dunne, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia are expected to participate in the event.

National speakers such as Prof Shantha Sinha, Chairperson, The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Prof Neela Dabir, Former Registrar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Prof N K Chadda, Head, Dept of Psychology, Delhi University, New Delhi, Prof S S Nathawat, Director, Amity University Rajasthan, Jaipur, Prof Akbar Hussain, Dept of Psychology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Prof Nilanjana Sanyal, Dept of Psychology, Calcutta University, Kolkata among others would address the gathering.