New York. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has removed the name of India from his ‘Impact of Armed Conflict on Children’ report. Antonio Guterres says that India has taken several steps in this direction, after which the situation there has improved. Last year itself, Antonio Guterres had said in his report that the Government of India and his Special Representative are in talks and India’s name may be removed from the report.
India got relief
In his 2023 report on the ‘Impact of Armed Conflict on Children’, Guterres has written that ‘India’s name has been removed from the 2023 report due to several important steps taken by the Government of India to protect children’. The UN Special Representative identified areas where work was to be done to ensure the safety of children in July 2022. For this, he had also conducted a workshop with the Government of India in Jammu and Kashmir in November last year.
India took many steps
Now in his latest report, Guterres has said that India has taken several steps on the suggestion of the Special Representative. These include training security forces to protect children, the use of lethal or non-lethal force on children, a ban on the use of pellet guns, a ban on the detention of children and, if at all, for the shortest possible time. Steps like detention have been taken. Apart from these, steps like implementation of Juvenile Justice Act and POCSO Act are included.
Things improved in Jammu and Kashmir
United Nations Special Representative Virginia Gamba said that she has been working closely with the Government of India for the last two years. Let us tell you that the removal of Article 370 has also had a huge impact in Jammu and Kashmir. This has put a stop to protests in the state, which has prevented incidents of violence. The United Nations Secretary-General has also praised the steps taken by the Government of India and said that a lot of work has been done in this direction in Chhattisgarh, Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir.
Guterres also expressed satisfaction over the formation of the Jammu and Kashmir Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Jammu and Kashmir. Explain that the United Nations had told in its report that in the year 2022, 27,180 cases of violation of children’s rights were registered, out of which 24,300 were registered in 2022 alone and 2880 before that. The violation affected 18,890 children, of whom 13,469 were boys, 4638 were girls, 783 were children of unknown gender.
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