On 18th October, Himanshu Gupta conducted a TweetChat about ‘Role of Civil Society in Child Protection’ on Safecity’s Twitter handle @pinthecreep. Many people were on board to discuss and share their opinions on this topic. The chat followed a series of questions that were answered and later it was discussed how civilians could play a major role in child protection.
The first question was about various ways in which citizens can contribute to child protection. The response was great. We also came across many parameters that have to be considered before jumping to any conclusion mainly: Is there consent? Is it breaking any law? Who is involved? The second question was about the Existing Laws for Child Protection. The participants gave us a lot of detailed insight into the laws for Child Protection. Next, it was discussed about the potential places that children may face violence. There came a list of places that carried potential threat for children including home, school and many more.
Later, we discussed the gaps that are creating a hurdle in ensuring justice for children, and various platforms set up for a Children Protection Mechanism. We found out that ignorance and insensitivity are the major barriers when it comes to child protection. To bridge this gap there are helpline numbers, NGOs, and online forms available for individuals to reach out for help if they see any form of violence against children. The TweetChat ended with a lot of information being exchanged among the participants, which would further help others to understand the root of the issue.
A TweetChat by Himanshu Gupta