‘Ban parties form involving children in poll work’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Oct 2018 12:28:24


Staff Reporter,

Child rights organisations in city alleged that in Madhya Pradesh the incidents of the use of children during election process for campaigning are constantly coming up which is a violation of children’s rights. In addition to political parties, in the name of voter awareness, non-political organisations and government officials are also coming under light of the violation of children’s rights.

They claimed that instructions have also been issued by the National Election Commission from time to time to prevent this process but it is not being followed strictly.
In this context, the representatives of various social organisations of Madhya Pradesh who work for child rights handed over memorandum to Chief Electoral Officer of Madhya Pradesh V L Kantha Rao has been given a memorandum in which the Commission has sought the adoption of Zero Tolerance Policy for the prevention of child rights violations in the electoral process, which can prevent the violation of children’s rights during the elections.
The Chief Electoral Officer has assured the delegation of concrete action if they get any complaint in this regard.

Notably, the organisations have also decided to run campaign on social media for awareness in this direction, under banner ‘No Child Rights Violation in Elections during the forthcoming elections, in MP” in which any event related to child rights violations can be reported by the public. In this connection, the Chief Electoral Officer has also been informed. The authorities will be closely monitoring those distributing party’s T-shirts, posters, stickers to ensure no children are used by political parties.

The child rights organisations have also appealed to all major political parties raising concerns over the use of children in election campaign. It has been reported that children are often used in multifarious activities by various political parties during the election campaigns, which is in violation of rights of Children. They pointed out that earlier the Election Commission in 2009 had slammed Chief Electoral Officers of all states when it had noticed that Children were employed for carrying electronic voting machines at Bhagalpur, Bihar. The NCPCR has been constituted under the provisions of the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights act, 2005 for the protection of child rights and other matters.

The UN convention on the rights of the Child, which has been ratified by India, provides under Article 36 that children should be protected from any activities that could harm their development.

The NCPCR has also issued two-points guideline to the political parties for strict compliance which says Children should not be used in the election campaign in any form whatsoever, either for distribution of posters/pamphlets or to participate in slogan shouting, campaign rallies, election meetings etc. Representatives includes L S Herdenia from Rashtriya Secular manch , Rajendra Kotahri from humsab, Chandrakant Naidu, Abdul Jabbar from Bhopal Gas Peddit Mahila Udyog Sangthan, Nilesh Dubey from Bindas Bol Sanstha , Madhya Pradesh Lok Sahbhagi Sajha Manch representatives Upsana Behar Javed Anis etc.