CWC chief assures help to traumatised children

BPR, 9th Oct: Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Bishnupur chairperson P Premchand has said that the committee is taking up every necessary measure for the three victimised children of the woman, who was forced into an impromptu shotgun wedding with an unmarried man by local people of Upokpi Khunou in Bishnupur district on October 6.
Addressing a press conference at the CWC office premises here on Wednesday, Premchand said that the girl in the viral video will be kept in a Children Home from Friday and the eldest son from December this year. The middle child, also a girl, is currently outstation and the CWC had served notice to the guardian to bring her to the CWC office by 11.30 am of October 25. The measures are being taken up in coordination with District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) and Childline Bishnupur.
Stating that the committee is doing everything in its power for the welfare of the three children, Premchand expressed dissatisfaction over the remark made by a member of Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR), who undermined the functioning of the CWC.
He further said that nobody should share photos or videos of any such incidents involving children, and children should not be involved in any such mob violence. He also appealed all to report to the nearest police station if they come across such mob violence and CWC, DCPU or Childline Bishnupur if such incidents involved children.
Premchand also pointed out that Supreme Court had restricted children under the age of 11 years from studying outside home state unless they are accompanied by their parents.
CWC nodal officer O Meipakchao and member Th Sudhir were also present at the press conference.
It may be mentioned that video clips of the marriage ceremony forcibly solemnised by the local womenfolk and some male locals as punishment of alleged immoral activities of the two had drawn sharp criticism from various sections of the society.
A day after the said incident went viral on social media, Bishnupur district police swung into action and initially rounded up 11 persons directly involved in the marriage ceremony while three others were arrested on Tuesday.
All 14 involved in the mob trial have been remanded into police custody for necessary measures.

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