Taluk Level Child Rights Clubs (CRC)
On 18 th February 2019, the taluk level child rights convention was organised at
Jagalur Gurubhavan auditorium by Don Bosco Child Labour Mission under the CS
Project. Around 200 Child Rights Club children, along with taluk level officials, Rev.
Fr. Cyril Sagayaraj sdb, the Director of DBCLM (Suprabha), Rev. Fr. Jose Joseph,
the Administrator of DBCLM, Rev. Fr. Dominic Kristuraj sdb, Director of Don Bosco
Sujyothi, Alurhatti, taluk level tuition teachers, staff of children’s helpline, staff of
Cream Project and staff of Open Shelter participated in the convention.
The following Taluk Level officials took active part in the convention:
1. Mr. H. Thimmanna, Thasildar and Taluk Bailiff
2. Ms. B.K. Latha, Police Circle Observer
3. Ms. Bharathi R Bhanakar, Infant Development Planner
4. Mr. V. Girish, Field Co-Ordinator- (B.R.C)
5. Mr. S.K. Ashok, Assistant Director, Social Welfare Department
6. Mr. K. S. Ravi Kumar, Field Composer-(B.R.P)
7. Mr. P.S. Aravindan, Joint Secretary, Jnanatarangini Educational Institution,
8. Mr. Marappa. B, Headmaster, Government Higher Primary School,
9. Ms. H.P.Shravani, President, District Child Rights Club Association,
10. Mr. Ram Naik, President, Child Welfare Committee
11. Rev. Fr. Cyril Sagaraj sdb, Director DBCLM, Davangere
12. Rev. Fr. Jose Joseph sdb, Administrator DBCLM, Davangere
13. Rev. Fr. Dominic Kristuraj sdb, Director Sujyothi, Alurhatti
The program began with a prayer song by the children from Don Bosco Child Labour
Mission. Mr. R. Durgappa the project coordinator welcomed the guests. Mr. B.
Manjappa, CREAM project co-ordinator initiated the program by asking a question to
the gathering- Whom do we call children? Which age children are called children?
Children gathered said that anyone from 0-18 age is called children. He also
enumerated the various Laws enacted by the government for the protection of
Children (they include Juvenile Justice Act, POCSO, Child Marriage Prohibition Act,
Right to Education Act). He also urged that the children through the help of children’s
club must see that the rights of children are not violated.
Soon after this Thahsildar Mr. Thimmanna along with other officials present lighted
the lamp officially inaugurating the convention. The oath taking ceremony by the
officials and other staff was conducted by Mr. T. M. Kotresh.
Speaking on the occasion Ms. B. K. Latha (Circle Inspector of Police) said that the
government has brought umpteen number of programmes in order to identify school
drop-outs and bring them to the main stream. Children should utilise all these
programs for their welfare. When children face difficulties, they should approach
Child helpline. Children in special need must contact the Police staff. It’s the duty of
everybody to see and inform the concerned authorities whenever they see child
marriages taking place.
Immediately Afsana, a student from the Child Right Club informed the official that
two child marriages had taken place in her village, in spite of informing the
concerned authorities nothing happened. Then the official said her to inform to SJPU
or to police officials or to the Child Helpline.
Ms. H.P Shravani (President, District Child Rights Clubs) spoke and said that we
need to put in more efforts to use our rights from our childhood days, then we will be
able to grow as good children. As we pursue our education we need to demand our
rights. It is your duty and responsibility to inform the Headmaster or Village
Panchayath members, in case you lack basic facilities in the school like drinking
water, toilets etc.
Stringent action should be taken against those who abuse girl children. Every Village
Panchayath should hold Special village meetings for children. Incidents such as
atrocity against a girl child or Child Marriage should be immediately reported to Child
Helpline 1098 and also to Women and Child Welfare department.
Thahsildar H. Thimmanna addressing the gathering said that incidents of Child
Marriage should be informed to concerned authorities immediately without fear. If
parents forcefully push the girl child into this social evil, they should be given the
awareness of the laws enacted by the government. In spite of all these laws they
still are involved then it should be informed to concerned authorities. It is the duty of
the parents to see that the child grows in a free environment, to experience its
childhood days, he also emphasized that the teachers should not pressurize the
child by imposing too much home work because of which children are unable to
decide for themselves.
On this beautiful event three personalities who upheld Child Rights and who also
extended co-operation towards Nutrition, Protection and Education were honoured
1. Mr. K. S. Ravi Kumar, Field Composer-(B.R.P)
2. Mr. P.S. Aravindan, Joint Secretary, Jnanatarangini Educational Institution,
3. Mr. Marappa. B, Headmaster, Government Higher Primary School,
These three personalities have joined their hands in the activities of DBCLM. They
are involved in identifying the school dropout children and bringing them back to
school. They have also helped Orphan Children financially to get educated in
Diploma and Engineering studies.
CDPO Ms. Bharathi R Bhanakar spoke about the various programs held in
Anganwadis through various departments.
Mr. K. S. Ravi Kumar, Field Composer (B.R.P), speaking on the occasion
appreciated the works carried out by DBCLM. He also said that he would extend his
full co-operation to carry on with these activities.
Mr. Ram Naik, Chair Person CWC, Davangere said that if a child who requires
Nutrition and Protection is brought to the notice of the CWC, he will do the necessary
help and see that the child is not deprived of that facility.
Rev. Fr. Cyril Sagayaraj sdb, the director of DBCLM addressed the gathering and
said the main purpose of Don Bosco Child Labour Mission was to identify children in
difficult situation and its aim is to see that they bring these children to the main
stream. DBCLM has been doing this job for the past 22 years and has rescued
thousands of children and has educated them through the Residential Bridge Course
and also has helped them pursue higher educational studies.
The children were happy to exhibit their talents through cultural extravaganza. Mr.
B. Srinivas proposed the vote of thanks and concluded the program. The School
Children from Muchanooru, Giddanakatte appreciated the progress that has been
achieved through Child Rights Clubs.