Kohima, March 31: According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Nagaland has experienced a disturbing increase in crimes against children between 2019 and 2021. During this period, a total of 140 cases were reported, with 22 persons convicted.
In 2019, 59 cases were registered, leading to chargesheets being filed in 35 cases, 48 arrests, and 31 convictions. In 2020, 31 cases were registered, chargesheets were filed in 26, 39 persons were arrested, and 13 persons were convicted.
In 2021, 51 cases were registered, chargesheets were filed in 37, 66 persons were arrested, and five were convicted. However, it is essential to note that many cases of child abuse often go unreported, so the actual number of incidents could be much higher.
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The Union Ministry of Home Affairs clarifies that the responsibility of maintaining law and order and protecting citizens’ lives and property, including children, falls under the respective State governments’ jurisdiction. State governments have the competence to deal with such offenses under the existing provisions of laws.
The ministry has been issuing advisories to States and Union Territories on how to tackle crimes against children effectively.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has implemented a Centrally-sponsored scheme called “Child Protection Services” (CPS) to create a safe and secure environment for children in need of care and protection and those in conflict with the law.
The scheme aims to provide support to State governments for delivering services to children in difficult circumstances. The Child Care Institutions (CCIs) established under the CPS scheme provide age-appropriate education, access to vocational training, recreation, health care, and counseling, among other things, to children in need of care and protection.
The primary responsibility for implementing the CPS scheme lies with the State governments.