SPARC raises awareness about violence against children through puppet show

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A puppet and theatre show was organised under the theme, ‘Violence against Children’ by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), in collaboration with Godh and Sahil at the Jillani Park.
Children from various schools participated in the performances to create awareness about issues like child trafficking, the plight of street children, domestic child labour and early marriages.
A large number of people from all walks of life attended the event.
According to a press release issued by SPARC, incidences of kidnapping for ransom, early marriages, murders and sexual abuse are taking their toll in the province of Punjab.
The responsibility for ensuring collective and individual safety and security lies on the state, which seems to be a silent spectator, exhibiting very little concern over the increasing violence against children, as well as the killing of innocent children.
The increasing violence and oppression of the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society requires immediate and effective measures at many levels, the statement said, adding that it was equally important to promote non-violent values through public education and awareness.
SPARC Regional Manager Sajjad Cheema said collective and collaborative efforts always have strength and that the government can be compelled to fulfill its international obligation regarding the United Nations conventions on the rights of the child.