Panaji, March 1st, 2017 ….  The Goa State Legal Services Authority in association with District Legal Services Authority, North Goa organized  an awareness programme on  February 23, 2017 at State bank Learning Centre, Patto, Panaji Goa on NALSA (Child  Friendly Legal Services to Children and their Protection) Scheme. The programme was inaugurated  by Shri Justice Avinash  Lavande, (Retd.) Judge, High Court of Bombay at Goa in the presence of Shri Saresh D. Lotlikar, Ld. Advocate General for the State of Goa, Senior Advocate M.S. Usgaonkar, Distinguished members of the Bar and others. Shri Justice Avinash P. Lavande, (Retd.) Judge, high Court of Bombay at Goa said that  the success of enacting the laws protecting child rights, either by Central or State  Government depends upon execution. Because  everywhere  you find problem of  execution of the legislation. He also stated that counseling of the children and parents has to be encouraged. He also stated  that for that to happen all the stake holders have to co-operate.

Shri Saresh D. Lotlikar while addressing the gathering discussed about child abuse and spoke of the responsibility and role of the lawyers, judges in dealing with the issue. He said that we must educate the parents of the children about their rights.

                    The sessions  earlier started with the skit on child abuse which was performed by the members of  Child Help Line.  Thereafter in the second session, Smt. Shabnam Shaikh, Secretary, of District Legal Service Authority  made Power Point presentation on the Scheme of the NALSA (Child Friendly Legal services to Children and their Protection) Scheme, 2015.

          Sujana De Souza, Co-ordinator of Child Help Line spoke on  Child Abuse. She informed that the child helpline No. is 1098. She explained  What Constituted Child Abuse and said that  Child abuse or maltreatment constitutes all  forms of physical and /or emotional ill-treatment.

          Snehal Salgaonkar, member of Childrens Right  in Goa spoke on the rights of the girl child and discussed various cases pertaining to molestation,  rape etc.


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