Chandigarh, June 18 - Haryana Women and Child Development Minister, Mrs Kavita Jain today stressed upon the need of launching a major campaign to check crime against children and ensuring them to live without any fear.

          The Minister was speaking during the two-day North-West Regional Review Conference organised on the topics of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 and Restorative Justice, here today. The Juvenile Justice Act comprises of all rights of children, from right to education, equality, privacy and fight against any crime against them. 

          Mrs Jain stressed upon the need to prevent crime against children and to prevent them from committing crimes as well. She said that emphasis should be laid on how the victim and children involved in crime are rehabilitated under the Act and whether they are ensured of their rights through the medium of this Act or not. The J.J. Act encourages children to fight for their rights, she added.

          She said that the state government is making efforts for the all round development of children. In view of rising crime against small girls, the state government has made a provision of punishment of death for those found guilty of raping a girl up to 12 years of age.     She said that the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi had launched Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign from Haryana in 2015. Since then, Haryana has made considerable progress in improving the sex ratio in the state. The State was also awarded Nari Shakti Puraskar in recognition of our success in improving female sex ratio at birth, she added.

            On the occasion, Director General, Haryana State Human Rights Commission, Dr. K.P Singh and Member, National Human Rights Commission, Mrs. Jyotika Kalra also spoke on the occasion.    As many as 127 participants from Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Delhi were present.