Child Protection Day in India
India, as a country, doesn't celebrate Child Protection Day, but few states of the nation do celebrate.
Child Protection Day in Assam
As part of our special day post series, today, the Assam state of India is celebrating Child Protection Day on 4 March 2020. It's a mandate now to celebrate every year on the 4 March as per the Government of Assam notification. It's an excellent initiative by the Govt. of Assam to ensure the safety and future of the children.
Assam was the first state in India, who started the celebration of Child Protection Day in the year 4 March 2014 with the support of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
After a bit of research, I came to know that different states of India as well as countries observe Child Protection Day on different dates.
Here's the Official advertisement of the Child Protection Day - 4 March, 2020 celebration in Assam.
As per Wikipedia,
Child protection is the protection of children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect.
Child protection systems are a set of usually government-run services designed to protect children and young people who are underage and to encourage family stability.
Purpose of Child Protection Day
Generally, on this day, the child protection issues are discussed, and they are mainly:
- Children vs. quality education - Right to Education Act, 2009
- Importance of protection of children
- Child Labour
- Child trafficking
- Child marriage
- Plus specific children related issues that crop up in a year are discussed
Child Protection Day in West Bengal (WB)
West Bengal = Well, after getting inspiration from the neighboring state Assam, West Bengal, too, started celebrating the Child Protection Day on 9 June every year, it's the second state to do so in India.
What about the other states of India?
Well I am sure, sooner or later, they too will start celebrating the same.
Child Protection Day Internationally
Internationally, it's is observed on 19 November every year.