Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Mia MP on Monday said there is a need to increase the number of juvenile courts and proper implementation of the law to protect children besides increasing the awareness of parents.
He was speaking at a view exchange meeting on child rights and child protection on Monday organised by Save the Children in Bangladesh at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center, said a press release.
"It is important to increase parental awareness and especially the role of the father is very important here. In this case, we have to work more intensively," said the Deputy Speaker who is also an advisor to the Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights (PCCR).
Regarding the provision of legal aid to children, he said, "The number of juvenile courts is limited in our country. It should be increased so that children can get legal help quickly when they need it."
President of the Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights Shamsul Hoque Tuku said, "Awareness is the most important thing in the family. Using children in the street to raise funds for various organisations or programmes should be banned."
Save the Children in Bangladesh proposed some amendments to the Children's Act 2013 and highlighted the importance of legal sanctions and the role of the parliamentary caucus in banning corporal punishment of children in any situation.
PCCR Member Begum Wasika Ayesha Khan MP agreed with the proposed amendments and said PCCR will co-operate in the amendment process.
Incidin Bangladesh Executive Director AKM Masud Ali, Save the Children in Bangladesh Country Director Ono Van Manen and Child Protection Governance Sector Director Abdullah Al Mamun were present on the occasion.