Days after Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi called for treating juveniles accused of heinous crimes like rape on par with adult offenders, the Supreme Court too has pressed for a more stringent Juvenile Justice Act.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has still not followed the order of the Election Commission to remove the picture of its minister Krishna Tirath, contesting Lok Sabha polls here, from the official website.
Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath has written to Prime Minister`s Office seeking transfer of Secretary Nita Chowdhury in the wake of allegations of workplace harassment against her that allegedly drove a senior woman officer to slit her wrists, official sources said.
Children are one of the most important resources for the country and it is them that need to be empowered if India is to realise its full potential, Union Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said here on Tuesday.
A total of 42 percent children under five years of age in India are underweight. While in urban areas 32.7 percent were underweight, in rural India the corresponding figure was 45.6 percent, parliament was informed.
The law providing protection to children from sexual offences should be made part of the school curriculum and children must be educated about its provisions, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said.
Collective efforts should be made to prevent heinous incidents like child rape and beat police- men should be held responsible for such crimes in their areas, Women and Child Welfare Minister Krishna Tirath said.