Enacting new law prohibiting corporal punishment of children stressed

Experts here today called for enactment of a new law for the children prohibiting all sorts of corporal punishment.

They also emphasized on changing people's mindset to protect children who are exposed to acute forms of physical, sexual, economic and emotional abuse and violence at home, in the work place, institutions and other public places.

The participants made the recommendation in the concluding session of the two-day workshop on "Reporting on Violence Against Children" organised by BSS, in collaboration with Save the Children, at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy here today.

"Combined efforts with a positive mindset are needed to overcome the existing problems of the children in our society," Chief Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha Abul Kalam Azad said while distributing certificates among 23 journalists of different print and electronic media in the workshop.

He urged journalists to continue the ongoing awareness campaign against the violence on children and women in line with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's 10-special agenda to reach the country as a middle-income one within 2021.

"The media workers must make objective journalism with morality and sincerity to establish the rights of people as a whole, specially the children and women who are the worst victims of violence," Azad added.

Secretary General of Federal Union of Journalists and Deputy Chief News Editor of BSS Omar Faruque, Adviser News of the Daily Prothom Alo Quarratul Ain Tahmina, Senior Manager Firozul Islam Milon and Manager Advocacy and Communication Laila Karim of the Child Protection unit of the Save the Children, Chief Reporter of BSS Ashequn Nabi Chowdhury and Convener of Children Affairs Journalists Network (CAJN) Mahfuza Jasmine, among others, took part.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)