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Salesians Address Police and Railway Authorities of Bangalore on Child-Rights


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Fr. PS George SDB (on the right) addresses Police and Railway Authorities
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Bangalore, Mar. 31. Stake Holders Training was organized by BOSCO (Bangalore Oniyavara  Seva COota) supported by the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Karnataka in Collaboration with South Western Railways Bangalore Division on 27th March 2014 at Bangalore City Railway Station Divisional Railway Manager's Conference Hall. It was conducted with the purpose of conscientizing the Railway Authorities and the Police Personnel about safeguarding the rights of children at Railway platforms. It was also intended to make known the harsh realities of children who land at the premises of City Railway Station Bangalore.BOSCO is the Saleisan Network for the street children's welfare in Bangalore.
During the Survey and the Rescue operation conducted by BOSCO from March 10th to 16th with the collaboration of Department of women and Child Development, staff comprising of 52 of them including 16 volunteers brought to the limelight that 202 children were rescued within a week an average of 30 children per day.

Mrs. Sunanda Arul Assistant Divisional Railway Manager, Mrs. Shashikala Shetty, Program Director Integrated Child protection Scheme, Shri. Hussain Khaja, Assistant Security Commissioner of Railway Protection Force, Shri. Nageshwar Senior Security Commissioner of Railway Protection Force, Mr. Aslam Mohammed, Police Inspector, Government Railway Police, Shri. Jakhid Makhasi, Police Inspector Railway Protection Force were present for the training. Along with them a total of 34 members from Railway Department and Police Personnel were present for the training.

Fr. George PS, the Executive Director of BOSCO welcomed the gathering. He briefed about BOSCO and their services at the City Railway Station for the past 18 years. He said that BOSCO has saved and rehabilitated more than 50000 children who have landed at the City Railway Station. He said children run away due to various problems like parental negligence, sibling rivalry, in search of job and not interested in studies etc. The children who come in to our hands are safe and the major group whom we are not able to reach out goes to the hands of the brokers and middle men who hand them over to the hotels as cheap labours or use them for anti social activities. If these children are not protected they will turn out to be criminals when they reach to their adulthood. So he expressed his concern to the authorities to join hands to make the city in to a child friendly one.

Fr. George PS, the Executive Director shared about BOSCO. He made it clear that BOSCO purely works for the welfare of the children. The ultimate effort of BOSCO is to make Bangalore city, begging free city. BOSCO reach out wherever injustice is done to the children. Even though the RTE is implemented effectively there are still loopholes, we find children who are out of school in great numbers. BOSCO also tries to reach out to save the children through SJPU and Child line. BOSCO has formed Civil Society groups comprising of coolie porters, vendors, shop keepers, TTEs, Sweepers etc with the intention of sensitizing the individuals and groups to show their solidarity to the vulnerable children. He expressed his concern that if every one look at the child with caring attitude we can save many. He mentioned that they are on the streets not because their faults. So we need to save the life of these children. He clearly pointed that the children who step in to BOSCO are well cared; they are never abused or neglected. They are protected till they reach to their home. He invited the officials to visit the BOSCO centres and witness the care given to the children.

Later Mr. Ramaswamy the Coordinator of Street presence explained about the honorable Delhi High Court's direction to Railway Ministry for Care and Protection of children at Railway stations.
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