The members of Human Rights Clubs of East Godavari District met Andhra Pradesh Women Development and Child Welfare Minister Taneti Vanitha at her residence in Kovvur, West Godavari on June 27,2019. Along with their guide teachers, they expressed their anguish at the increasing number of violations of Child Rights and atrocities against children. They mentioned about the horrendous incident involving 9th month old Srihitha at Hanmakonda. They explained about the need for effective Village Child Protection Committees. As Human Rights Club members, these children wanted to be active participants in these committees.
The minister expressed her happiness about the participation of children and encouraged them and their teachers to continue this great initiative. She assured them that she would stand with them in their efforts. She added that such committees were a must to prevent atrocities and crimes,and to protect children specially girl children. The club members handed over a letter to the minister to give necessary orders to the departments concerned to form and strengthen the functioning of VCPCs.
Later, the club members felicitated the minister with a shawl and bouquet for being appointed the State Women and Child Development Minister. PARA Director Fr Ignatius walked her through various desks of PARA like Bahujan, Gender, Children and Differently Able People’s Initiative. He also brought to her notice the functioning of Human Rights Clubs in schools and the activities that club members were carrying out. The minister then released the updated version of the Human Rights Club Manual and distributed copies to the participants.
HRC Guide teachers, Martin Sudhakar and Jyothi, along with 12 Human Rights Clubs members, the State HRC coordinator Ramesh Taritla and other and staff of PARA participated in the event.