Children are the national assets: Supreme Court judge

Kochi: Describing children as “national assets”, a senior Supreme Court judge Sturday asked social and legal service authorities to work together in ensuring that the rights of the child are protected.

“Though there are enough enactments and legislations protecting the rights of Child, they were not being properly implemented,” Justice Altamas Kabir said in his address at a two-day regional conference on ’Rights of Children and Role of Legal Services Authority’.

Parents are not in the know of things regarding rights of the child, especially in backward states, he said, adding it was the duty of the activists and social organisations to start awareness campaigns in this regard.Education must be made compulsory and it was the state’s duty to ensure that all children get educated, he said adding the children were “voice of the future”.Kerala High Chief Justice J Chelameswar said awareness programmes have to be initiated on child rights.

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