The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights will support the campaign to build a violence-free environment for children, its Chairperson Ananya Chakraborti said today. "Violence against children affects the child's well-being and in many cases, it could leave a permanent scar in the child's life," Chakraborti said at the 'World Vision India' campaign to 'End Child Sexual Abuse by 2021.' The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights will be part of the initiative by World Vision India, she said on the sidelines of the programme. "We have been working to encourage the public and the civil societies to be vigilant on instances of child abuse and help to build a violence-free environment for children by collectively addressing the issue with all stakeholders," Chakraborti said. World Vision India campaign officer Anangadev Singh said a safe and caring environment for children is a critical part and everybody need to work towards it. The campaign tagline, 'It Takes Every Indian to End Child Sexual Abuse' is aimed at reaching out to 5 million children across 25 states and one Union Territory. The campaign will also focus on strengthening existing child protection programmes through multi-stakeholder engagement efforts that will include working with the Integrated Child Protection Scheme and child protection units to strengthen the reporting, referral mechanisms and support programmes for child protection incidents, organizing inter-agency child protection review to ensure co-operation and accountability, sensitise and train police, teachers, doctors among others. The World Vision works in around 100 countries and have been in India since 1962. Over 6,200 urban, rural and tribal communities spread over 191 districts across different states come under the organisation's activities.
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