Print Edition - 2014-09-11 | Nation
Call to end sexual abuse of children
Sep 10, 2014-
A three-day regional consultation on commercial sexual exploitation of children concluded on Wednesday with resolution to strengthen partnerships with South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children, an apex body in the region to deal with the issue.
The participants expressed concerns over changing trend of commercial sexual exploitation of children due to increased access to online mechanisms. They urged the government to control such trends and respond to the matter as an urgent human rights issue. Nepal ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990. As a signatory, the country is to take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect children from all forms of physical or mental violence.
Children’s Act 1992 prohibits the use of children for pornography, drug and alcohol sale or distribution. The Act is silent on the issue of sexual abuse of children though it prohibits the publication, exhibition or distribution of photographs, personal events or descriptions that could tarnish the character of the child.
The network consists of ten local civil society organisations in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The consultation was hosted by ECPAT Nepal member organisations, including CWIN, Maiti Nepal and ECPAT Luxembourg in Nepal.
Published: 11-09-2014 09:03