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Separate cell for street children needed, say gender

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

There are an estimated four crore in India, and a separate ministry for children and a special cell for were among the recommendations of participants at the 'Difficult Dialogues' conference on gender currently on here.

Surina Narula, of Difficult Dialogues, said the definition of was "street connected' and need not be homeless and orphans.

Narula said that instead of it being clubbed with women and children, there was need for a separate ministry. She added that female street children had a different set of problems and had to be addressed sensitively.

Sanjay Gupta, a based who works with street children, said there were about five lakh street children in and an estimated four crore in the country.

"Since there is no census of such children, this is a safe estimate. There is need for audit and evaluation to prevent underspending of budgetary allocation," Gupta said.

Rupa Kapoor, with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, informed that 'standard operating procedures' (sop) and a taskforce to implement policies had been set up. She admitted that there were difficulties in implementing these policies.

Former union said even though there was aWomen and Child Ministry, many issues concerning women and children like health and education were in the jurisdiction of different departments.

Former IPS said that there was need for improved conversation between police and street children in order to have child-friendly polic stations.

"Sensitisation should be in the training syllabus of railway police and the as they encounter street children on a daily basis," she said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 21:05 IST