EVENTS-2017  
     
     
December

Responding to UTSAH campaign against the ongoing use of corporal punishment in the Bamunimaidam Sarkari Nimna Buniyadi Vidyalay in Chandmari, the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights(NCPCR) send strong notice to the Education Department of the Government of Assam to take necessary action.

     
   
     
     
     
14 December, 2017

UTSAH’s Founder Miguel Das Queah conducted an orientation on NGO Management, Community based Child Protection and Child Rights for 100 Social Work students of the Women’s College Shillong, Meghalaya.

     
 
     
     
     
4 December, 2017

Training senior police officials on Human Trafficking and Child Trafficking at the Northeast Police Academy(NEPA) Meghalaya. UTSAH’s Founder Miguel Das Queah trained senior Police officials from India and Bangladesh on Juvenile Justice and Child Protection at the Northeast Police Academy in Barapani, Meghalaya.

     
   
     
     
     
28 November, 2017

The Assam Adolescent and Child Rights Network Consultation. UTSAH Chairperson Miguel Das Queah, Vice Chairperson Shakardev Chowdhury and Executive Officer Anitha Maddipatla attended the State level consultation on Child Rights organized by the Assam Adolescent and Child Rights Network. The consultation focussed on bring together stakeholders from various backgrounds, including religious leaders, youth leaders etc, to have a common understanding on child rights issues in the State.

     
   
     
     
     
14 November, 2017

Ms. Neetu Sarawgi, an educator-theatre enthusiast, IELTS-SAT trainer from British Council celebrates Children's Day 2017 with children from the UTSAH Child Protection Programme at Hafiznagar No2 community. Ms. Sarawgi organized story telling sessions and spoke about lfe skills to the children of the community.

     
   
     
     
     
14 November, 2017

Children from UTSAH's Hafiznagar No2 Community-based Child Protection Programme partake in National Children's Day Celebrations 2017 organized by Anuradha Cinema Hall. The children played games at the Anuradha gaming space. In the later half of the day students from universities and colleges across Guwahati visited the community and engaged with the children through various activities like dancing, singing and street plays. 

     
 
     
     
     
13 November,2017

Mr. James A. Dragon (Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General Kolkata & Director of American Center Kolkata) visited UTSAH's Hafiznagar No2 Child Protection Programme.Mr. Dragon was accompanied by his team from the Kolkata Consul General’s Office. Mr. Dragon interacted with the children on various issues ranging from survival, protection and development.

     
   
     
     
     
31 October, 2017

Northeast Today Magazine carried a story on UTSAH’s Founder Miguel Das Queah. The article focused on Miguel Das Queah’s journey as a Child Rights Rights Activist, his challenges and opportunities in Assam

     
   
     
     
     
25 October 2017

To keep the spirit of the FIFA-U17 World Cup India Semi Finals which were scheduled to be in Guwahati today, Dalmia Cements(Bharat) Ltd organized a friendly football match between children of the UTSAH Hafiznagar No2 community programme. Two teams were formed and noted Assamese actor Barsha Rani Bishaya and veteran footballer Debashish Roy lead the teams respectively. Dalmia Cement(Bharat) Ltd is the "National Supporter" for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. Venue: Geetanagar Field, Guwahati

     
 
     
     
     
19 October 2018

Entrepreneur Mita Nath Bora visited the UTSAH Hafiznagar No2 cumminity based child protection programme and celebrated Diwali with the children of the community. Ms. Nath Bora distributed goodies amongst the children and interacted on various issues of child protection, development and livelihood.

     
 
     
     
     
18 October 2017

UTSAH campaign against the erring police officials of the Bharalumukh Police Station finally bore fruit. On 10 February 2017, UTSAH received an anonymous call which informed them that a 14-year old child had died after being arrested by the police in Guwahati. Immediately, UTSAH’s founder Miguel Das Queah rushed to Bharalumukh police station to get a detailed report on the death. Child Welfare Police Officer (CWPO) Sudip Choudhury gave an account of the case. Following a theft on January 30, 2017, at a grocery store in the Bharalumukh area, Dhiraj Deka, owner of the store registered an FIR on January 31 at the Bharalumukh police station. However, Miguel Das Queah found several discrepancies and took up the matter to the High Court.

Bench of Honourable Chief Justice Ajit Singh and Honourable Justice, Monojit Bhuyan on September 20 declared that the post-mortem reports revealed that the child died due to ante mortem injuries caused by blunt force impact and hence on the intervention of the court, the police had registered offences under Section 302/34 of Indian Penal Code at Bharalumukh Police Station vide Case No. 413/2017 against inspector Uma Bora, sub-inspector Azizur Rahman and  sub-inspector Tamizuddin Ahmed (retired).

On October 16, 2017, an enquiry revealed that the child died after being beaten up by the three police officers. The police officers were then arrested and sent to judicial custody till October 30, 2017

     
   
     
     
     
16 October, 2017

Godrej and Boyce Guwahati celebrated Diwali with children of the UTSAH-Concept Child Protection and Education Programme. The entire Guwahati Office Team distributed books, candles, pencils, erasers and soaps to the children of the Hafiznagar No2 community.

     
   
     
     
15 October, 2017

UTSAH supported Pinkathon Guwahati Assam 2017. Pinkanthon is an all women’s run to promote awareness about breats cancer. This initiative was started by actor Milind Soman 100 women from the UTSAH supported Hafinagar No2 community participates in the 3KM Marathon.

     
 
     
     
11 October, 2017

Several matches of FIFA Under 17 World Cup were organized in Guwahati. Children and adolescents of the UTSAH Hafiznagar No2 community based child protection program  were given complimentary tickets at Indira Gandhi Stadium Guwahati.

     
 
     
     
     
11 October, 2017

International Day of the Girl Child, 11th October 2017. UTSAH organized a social media messaging campaign, where girl children from the Hafiznagar No2 community held poster messages for public awareness. The poster messages included stop Child Sexual Abuse, Stop Child Marriage, Equal rights for Girl children amongst others.
     
   
     
     
     
7 October 2017

Advocate of the Supreme Court Mr. Nishant Das and his wife Ms. Sujata Das Baruah interacted with Children of the UTSAH community based Child Protection Programme(also Concept Eduventures Non Formal Programme) at Hafiznagar No2 Guwhahati. Mr and Mrs Das had also distributed snack boxes to the 120 children of the community. Mrs and Mr. Das spoke to the children about the importance of healthcare, education and protection from sexual abuse
     
   
     
     
     
16th September 2017

Pinkathon organized an awareness campaign on menstrual hygiene at the UTSAH-Universal Team for Social Action and Help Community based child protection center(Concept Non Formal Education center) at Hafiznagar No 2 community. The Campaign was led by gynecologist Dr. Nilanjana Das of Apollo Hospitals Guwahati, Assam. Women and children of the entire community participated in the programme. After the session a Zumba dance session was organized by Ms Tandramoni. Later snacks were distributed among the community participants. UTSAH - Universal Team for Social Action and Help has officially supported Pinkathon in Guwahati since 2015.
     
 
     
     
 
5th September 2017

Teachers Day 2017 obseverved at the Hafiznagar No2 Child Protection Programme (UTSAH-Concept Educations Child Protection and Eductaion Programme). Teachers Jaya Das Chowdhury and Rahima Begum presented a brief sketch about the history of Teacher’s Day while explaining the good outcomes related to positive disciplining of children. Following the presentation, the children paid homage to the portrait of Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. Students performed a Bihu dance at the end of the program.
     
   
     
     
 
30th August 2017

Advocate Nandita Talukdar represented UTSAH at the National Level Consultation on "The Central Sector Scheme for the Rehabilitation of Bonded Labourer, 2016", organized by Prayas-Juvenile Aid Center, at the India International Center, New Delhi. The consulation was organized to affect policy level changes with regards to the rehabilitation of bonded Child Labourers. Ms. Nandita Talukdar presented a perspective from the complexities arising from the local context in Assam and also suggested interventions that could help overcome the difficulties.
     
   
     
     
 
27th August 2017

Popular Radio Jockey from 93.5 Red FM RJ Mandy visited the UTSAH Child Protection Programme at the Hafiznagar No 2 community. Mandy spoke extensively on Child Marriage and its adverse effect on a child’s physical and psychological development. The children and the community members thoroughly enjoyed the session that was peppered with jokes from her famous show "Red Murga." The jokes made the entire community burst into peals of laughter.
     
 
     
     
 
22nd August 2017

UTSAH officially supports Pinkathon Guwahati, an initiative started by actor Milind Soman. On 22 August 2017, the official press launch for Pinkathon Guwahati was organized in Guwahati city. Actress Barasha Rani Bishaya, Radio Jockey Mandy, actress Dr. Akashitora Saikia and UTSH’s Founder Miguel Das Queah were present for the event.
     
   
     
     
 
22nd August 2017

The Northeast East Today( TNT) published a detailed article on UTSAH’s Founder Miguel Das Queah. The article narrates Miguel Das Queah’s journey from St.Stephen’s College to him moving back to Assam and becoming one of the strongest crusaders of child rights in the Northeast of India. The article can be read on the following link:

https://thenortheasttoday.com/get-to-know-the-child-rights-activist-who-rescued-120-children-from-child-labour-from-assam/
     
   
     
     
 
15th August 2017

UTSAH celebrated Independence Day 2017 at the Hafiznagar No2 community based child protection programme. The Tri-colour was hoisted by UTSAH’s Chairperson, Miguel Das Queah. After the hoisting of the Tricolour, the entire community sang the National Anthem. Miguel Das Queah spoke, to the children, about the historical significance of the Independence Day and stressed on the importance of child rights in the process of Nation-building. The children also sang songs, perfomed dances and recited poetries. An art workshop was conducted by intern Sudarshana Barooah. Sweets were distributed among the children of the community.
     
 
     
     
 
3rd August 2017

UTSAH’s action gets abusive teacher arrested. Reacting to the widely circulated photograph of a School Teacher (Supposedly from Assam) perpetrating an act of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) on a minor female student, UTSAH has lodged a strong-worded complaint with the Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) and the Police. Responding to UTSAH’s request, the Assam Police immediately arrested the teacher from Hailakandi, within 48 hours.
     
 
     
     
 
31st july 2017

SAKHI-One Stop Centre (OSC), Kamrup (M) District collaborated with UTSAH and organised a Self defence programme for girls at the UTSAH Child Protection Center Hafiznagar No2, Guwahati. The SAKHI Programme understands the need and effectiveness of self defence art as a sexual violence and domestic violence prevention strategy. Mr. NC Rao was the Chief Trainer assisted by Mr. Jagadish Kalita and Mr. Guddu Basphor. The trainers demonstrated Situation Reaction Technique’s (SRT) for protection from grabbing (waist grab, hand-lock, jaw-hold, hair-pull etc), stick attack, knife attack and gun attack. CID officer Ms. Pallavi Saikia (Sub-Inspector) gave a talk on self-defence tactics. Ms. Nilaxi Sharma, Administrator of the SAKHI Center-Kamrup(M), introduced the Sakhi Scheme while encouraging adolescent girls and women to practice the different forms of self defence. 50 adolescent children and women from the Hafiznagar No2 community participated in the training. One Stop Centre’s (OSC) are centres established by the Government of India through the Ministry of Women and Child development (MWCD) to support women affected by violence of any sort. Duration: 3:00 PM-5PM
     
 
     
     
26th july 2017

Adolescents from the UTSAH Child Protection Programme(Hafiznagar No2) partake in the "Dialogue for cooperation and collaboration- Press,Adolescents and Police organized by the Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights(ASCPCR) at Silpagram. The key objectives of the one day interactive session were to: (1) To provide a platform to the children and adolescents to facilitate dialogue with press and police on their role in protecting and promoting the rights of children. (2) To familiarise the children and adolescents about child rights concerns, child protection systems in place, and to develop their capacity in accessing services from various mediums such as police, press etc. (3) To develop understanding of child friendly practices among the police and the press in addressing the issues concerning the rights of the children.
     
 
     
     
19th july 2017

Anti-Gambling Campaign: UTSAH organized a campaign against "gambling" in the Hafiznagar No2 community. This day-long campaign was Executed by interns Anushka Sharma, Sanjana Ghosh and Darshana. Shri Diganta Barah, IPS, Joint Commissioner of Police, Guwahati interacted with the members of the community and spoke about the problem of pathological gambling practices and its adverse impact on families. He assured the support of the police to address gambling issues in the community.
     
 
     
     
july 2017

UTSAH Founder Miguel Das Queah, meets Assam Chief Minister Shri. Sarbananda Sonowal. Miguel Das Queah presented a civil society perspective on child protection issues in the State, requesting the Chief Minister to prioritize issues of Child Rights and protection in Assam. The Chief Minister assured his support to the initiatives undertaken by UTSAH to promote the survival, development, protection and participation rights of children in Assam.
     
     
     
july 2017

UTSAH Founder Miguel Das Queah, led a team of Social Workers to meet Assam Governor Shri. Banwarilal Purohit. The purpose of this visit was to apprise the Governor on the status of children’s rights in Assam. Miguel specifically touched upon the issues of child trafficking, corporal punishment in schools, child labour and child marriage. Appreciating UTSAH’s efforts, the Governor asked Miguel Das Queah to be more aggressive in his fight and assured necessary support.
     
     
     
9th july 2017

Amidst tears, Ms. Tailin Lyngdoh spoke her heart out about the humiliation and hurt she had to suffer at the Delhi Golf Club, at "Fighting Prejudice", a small informal conversation at Brown Bean Cafe Guwahati. Though this event did not fall under UTSAH’s Child Rights ambit; being an Organization from the Northeast, UTSAH felt it was its responsibility to lead the campaign against racism and class based discrimination faced by Northeast Indians in rest of the county. Ms. Tailin Lyngdoh had recently survived severe racial discrimination at the Delhi Golf Club. She was asked to leave the Club because, in the opinion of the clubs staff, her uniform and physical appearance made her look like a maid and a Nepali. Citizens of Guwahati shared their experiences of racial abuse in mainland India and offered valuable insights into how we can collectively address mainland India's prejudice against the North East Indians. Prior to this event UTSAH mobilized citizens of Guwahati to partake in a signature campaign and filed a complaint against the General Committee of the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) at the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes and the National Human Rights Commission. This event was supported by GPLUS.
     
 
     
     
30th june 2017

UTSAH Children from the Hafiznagar No2 Child Protection Programme participate at the Independence Day celebrations organized by the Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights(ASCPCR) at its office in Six Mile. Chairperson of the Commission Ms. Runumi Gogoi hoisted the tri colour in the presence of Hon’ble member of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights Mr. Priyank Kanoongo, Member of the ASCPCR Mr. Gopal Sharma and the UNICEF Assam Team. Ms. Gogoi spoke about the importance of Child Rights and distributed child friendly information material among the children. The UTSAH Children sang the Assamese Satte anthem and two songs by Lakshminath Bezbaruah at the function.
     
 
     
     
28th june 2017

As a part of UTSAH's campaign against Child Labour, interns Dhriti Sonowal(JNU), Dikshita Bhuyan (LSR,DU), Priyanka Das(Hindu College,DU) and Anuranan Kazi (UPES, Dehradun University) organized a short interactive, awareness session on "Child Labour" in Royal Global School, Guwahati. Special focus was given to the availability of Child line Services(1098) in Guwahati which could be accessed by citizens to facilitate the rescue of child labourers, in the city. Students of classes 6, 7 & 8, along with their parents, were informed about the illegality of employing a child labourer and the adverse effects of economic work on the holistic development of children. A short Q&A session attracted several queries from the parents regarding (1) a rescued child's rehabilitation 2) role of the civil society on reducing Child labour in Guwahati and (3) conceptual clarity on Juvenile Justice. The session was concluded with reading of a pledge against employment of child labourer, by everyone present. Ms. Anubha Goyal, the Principal of Royal Global School along with several senior staff members also attended the programme. A short movie themed around Child Labour, produced by the Satyarthi Foundation, called "Wake Up" was also screened. 120 badges bearing the "To Stop Child Labour, Call 1098" message were distributed amongst the attendees. Ms. Anitha Maddipatla, the Executive Officer of UTSAH, accompanied the team of interns. Duration : 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
     
 
     
     
13th june 2016

UTSAH organized an awareness and sensitization camp on "Menstrual Hygiene" for girl children of the Hafiznagar No2 community (UTSAH Child Protection Programme) in Bamunimaidam, Guwahati, Assam. A preliminary study/assessment revealed that girl children of the community were ashamed to speak about their menstrual health, were misinformed about hygiene practices, used cloth(repeatedly) for menstrual absorption and were practicing unscientific disposal methods. UTSAH interns Nazneen Sultana(M.Phil, NEHU), Dikshita Bhuyan (BA History, 3rd Year, LSR, Delhi) and Annanya Saikia ( BASS,2nd year, TISS Guwahati) conceptualized and organized the campaign in collaboration with the East Guwahati Government Primary Health Center(under National Health Mission, Government of Assam). ASHA(Accredited Social Health Activist) worker Ms. Rukiya Begum and Nurse Midwife Ms. Roshanara Khatun conducted sessions on best hygiene management practices, sanitary napkin accessibility and disposal of used napkins. Adolescent girl children asked several questions on hygiene during the Q&A Session. 40 sanitary napkin packets were distributed among the girl children at INR 6/pack. 50 girl children and mothers from the community attended the programme. Duration: 11:30 AM-12 PM
     
 
     
     
12th June to 1st july 2017

Shri. Banwarilal Purohit, His Excellency, the Governor of Assam launches UTSAH’s “Stop Child Labour, Call 1098” Social Media Campaign. This Campaign was starterd on the 12th of June 2017 on World Day Against Child Labour. ‘World Day against Child Labour’ is celebrated every year on 12th of June to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. This day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them. The conflict and disaster status of Assam pushes thousands of children to vulnerability each year. This Campaign is an effort to raise awareness about 1098 Child line services, which provides rescue and rehabilitation support to child labourers. This campaign brought together prominent personalities of Assam to take a stand against child labour. Our Ambassadors included: 1. Shri Banwarilal Purohit, His Excellency The Governor of Assam, 2. Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Assam, 3. Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Hon'ble Minister(Education, Health, GDD, Finance, P&D), Assam, 4. Shri Atul Bora, Hon'ble Minister(Agriculture, Veterinary), Assam, 5. Shri Naba Kumar Doley, Hon'ble Minister of State(Social Welfare), Assam, 6. Shri Pallab Lochan Das, Hon'ble Minister of State(Labour, Power), Assam, 7. Shri Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Hon'ble MLA(East Guwahati), Assam, 8. Dr. Sunita Changkakati, Hon'ble Chairperson, Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, 9. Smt. Rupa Hazarika, Hon'ble Member, Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, 10. Shri. Mukesh Sahay, IPS,Director General of Police, Assam, 11. Shri KV Eapen, IAS,Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam(Labour and Employment), 12. Shri Ravi Capoor, IAS,Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam(Social Welfare), 13. Shri Ashutosh Agnihotri,IAS, Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam(Industries), 14. Shri Hiren Nath, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Guwahati, 15. Dr. M. Angamuthu, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup-M, Government of Assam, 16. Smt. Monalisa Goswami, IAS, Commissioner, Guwahati Municipal Corporation, Government of Assam, 17. Smt. Varnali Deka, IAS, CEO, Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority, Government of Assam, 18. Smt. Indrani Baruah, IPS, SSP, CID, Assam, 19. Shri Diganta Barah, IPS, Joint Commissioner of Police, Guwahati, 20. Smt Amanjeet Kaur, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police(Traffic), Guwahati, 21. Smt Chetana Das, Assamese Actress, 22. Shri Wasbir Hussain, Author and Television show host, Assam, 23. Smt. Anurita Pathak Hazarika, Programme Manager, North East Network(NEN), Assam, 24. Shri Kapil Bora, Assamese Actor, 25. Smt Hasina Kharbhih, Founder, Impulse NGO Network, Meghalaya, 26. Shri Arman Ali, Executive Director, Sishu Sarothi, Assam, 27. Shri Krishan Aggarwal, GM, Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati, Assam, 28. Radio Jockey Mandy, Red FM, Assam, 29. Radio Jockey Aaliya, Big FM, Assam, 30. Bodo Women for Peace Movement, 31. Geetanagar Police Station, Guwahati, 32. All Women's Police Station, Pan Bazar, Guwahati, 33. The Gurukul Grammar School, Guwahati, 34. The Royal Global School, Guwahati, 35. Mohd Shah Sishu Niketan, Guwahati and 36. Children of Hafiznagar No2 Community. The campaign was organized in collaboration with Childline Guwahatiand TopCem Cement Assam. The Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal cocluded the programme.
     
 
     
     
18th May 2017

MUTSAH Founder Miguel Das Queah conducts training for Sashashtra Seema Bal(SSB) Training Center at Salonibari, Sonitpur, Assam on Juvenile Justice(Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015. 100 SSb personnel from Border areas of Bhutan and Nepal participated in the training session.
     
     
     
6th MAY 2017

UTSAH Child Protection Programme(Hafiznagar No2) children participate in a Drawing Competition based on the life and teachings of Srimanta Shankardev ,organized by SWAYAM(supported by UTSAH) on the occasion of Dr. K Goswami Memorial @ Srimanta Shankardev Kirtan Naam Ghar Jyoti Nagar Bamunimaidam. Probhu Shri Jitendra Pradhani, the Satradhikar of the Ram Rai Kuthi Satra of Dhubri, was the Chief Guest for the programme.
     
 
     
     
5th MAY 2017

Responding to UTSAH’s complaint, Assam Education Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma sends instruction to Director Elementary Education to take action against erring teachers of Bamunimaidam Sarkari Nimna Buniyadi Bidyalay who have repeatedly been inflicting corporal punishment on children.
     
 
     
     
30th april 2017

Social Activist Tinat A Masood visits the UTSAH Community-based Child Protection Programme at the Hafiznagar No2 community in Guwahati, Assam. Ms. Masood narrated a beautiful story while her son belted out some lovely English numbers. They also donated books for the Community library.
     
 
     
     
23rd april 2017

UTSAH filed an “Additional FIR” in the SHED Home Child physical Assault Case: An eight-year old differently-abled child from Arunachal Pradesh was physically assaulted by the staff of an Assam-based non-governmental organisation, Society for Health and Education Development (SHED), on Wednesday at Sonapur near Guwahati.

The incident came to light after the child identified as Jojo Phassang was admitted in a city-based hospital with severe bruises by his mother.
The child was reportedly beaten up a few hours after being admitted into SHED, which admits differently-abled children, for allegedly being unruly.

Taking cognizance of the assault case on social media(higlighted by UTSAH), the Kamrup(M) Deputy Commissioner instructed the Sonapur revenue circle CO Dr Dhrubajyoti Hazarika to lodge an FIR. Three staffs of the NGO- Hiranya Saikia (Manager), Santi Niketan Singh (Warden) and Kishan Kumar (Cook) -were detained for interrogation after an FIR. UTSAH’s additional FIR demanded the action against the Governing Body of the SHED Home includinh their chief functionary Mr. Lanu Aimal.
     
 
     
     
31st march to 6th of april 2017

UTSAH Team & Children meet The Hon'ble Member Of Parliament, India Smt. Bijoya Chakraborty. She represents the Gauhati Constituency in the Indian Parliament. Ms. Chakravarty help a long interaction with the children, touching upon varied subjects like education, health and protection. Founder of UTSAH Mr. Miguel Queah apprised the Member of the Parliament about the status of children living in the Guwahati slums. Ms. Chakravarty expressed her desire to visit UTSAH’s Child Protection Programme in the Hafiznagar No2 Slum area, Bamunimaidam.
     
 
     
     
24th of MArch 2017

Responding to UTSAH’s complaint about procedural deviations by the Dispur Police, the Guwahati Commissioner of Police Shri Hiren Ch Nath issues notices to all Guwahati Police Stations directing them not to deviate from statutory provisions under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012. The deviations of the police were covered in detail by the Weekly Tabloid GPlus Guwahati.
     
     
     
23rd of march 2017

Responding immediately to UTSAH’s Campaign with Miss India Priyadarshini Chatterjee agsint Dr. Dhrubajyoti Kalita, Assam Chief Minister directs Guwahati Police to take immediate measures. Within a week Guwahati Pokice filed a Chargesheet in the court against Dr. Dhrubajyoti Kalita in the case of Child Sexual Abuse under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012, Juvenile Justice(Care and Protection of children) Act 2015, Indian Penal Code(IPC), The Bonded Labour System(Abolition Act) 1976 and The Child and Adolescent Labour(P&R) Act 1986.
     
     
     
22nd of march 2017

Despite forewarning the Dispur Police about the disappearance of the perpetrator of Child Secual AbuseDr. Dhrubajyoti Kalita, the Dispur Police failed to arrest him. Due to this, Dr Dhrubajyoti Kalita absconded for a while and returned back to Guwahati with an anticipatory bail. To build pressure on the authorities, UTSAH roped in Miss India 2016 Ms. Priyadarshini Chatterjee. A social media video was made wherein Ms Chatterjee spoke up against Dr. Dhrubajyoti Kalita and the inaction of the police to make an arrest. Chatterjee upped UTSAH's Campaign against the non-arrest of Dr. Dhrubajyoti Kalita which was a prerequite for ensuring justice for the 14 year old adivasi girl child who was repetedly sexually assaulted by him.Chatterjee also sent a memorandum to Assam Governor, Assam Chief Minister and the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court. To support her campaign and to arrest Child Abuser Dr.Dhrubajyoti Kalita.
     
     
     
March 2017

On the 10th February 2017, UTSAH was informed about the death of minor at the Observation Home for Boys, Boko. This child was placed at the Observation Home by the Bharalumukh Police through an order from the Juvenile Justice Board(Kamrup-M) on the 7th February 2017. Bharalumukh Police had apprehended the child on a theft case on the 6th of February 2017 along with 2 two other minors. The child had died at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital where he was admitted on 9th of February 2017. The child had complained about ill-health at the Boko Observation Home for boys before he was admitted. Regardless of the Bharalumukh Police not having a direct connection with the death of the minor, it came to light that the 3 children were kept at the Bharalumukh Police Station for an entire night(11 PM to 2: PM the next day), which amounted to violation of the Juvenile Justice(Care and Protection of Children) 2015 and POCSO 2012. Neither Childline, nor the DCPO or the Social Worker contacted for feedback when the child was apprehended.  Sources from the family of the deceased child informed UTSAH that the minors were majorly Ill treated at the Bharalumukh Police Station on the 6th night, to extract confessions. This case was covered by the media in Assam. Seeing the Media reports the Gauhati High Court filed a suo motto PIL asking the Government of Assam (especially the Home Department) to explain the anomalies.
     
     
     
14th of february 2017

Reading Day for Girl Children at Government Schools(Sarba Siksha Abijan). UTSAH organized a reading day for girl children at the Uzan Bazar Girls School and Pub Guwahati Girls School. Comic Strips made by UTSAH with support from Assam State Child Protection Society Assam(SCPS) and UNICEF Assam were distributed among children of the schools. These comic strips cover issues of girl child education, child marriage, child trafficking, girl child malnutrition and child sexual abuse. This comic strip was launched on National Girl Child Day 2017 on 24th of January 2017.
     
 
     
     
13th february 2017

Due to a local holiday on the 10th February 2017, the East Guwahati State Dispensary remained closed on National De-working Day 2017. However, UTSAH organized a de-working drive in the Hafiznagar No2 community where all children till the age of 19 were administered Albendazole tablets. Children at the age of (1-2) were given half a tablet of albendazole (400mg), and above the age of 2 were given 1 full tablet of albendazole (400mg) to chew. The East Guwahati State Dispensary provided the tablets to UTSAH.

     
     
     
10th february 2017

Reading Day for Girl Children at the community. UTSAH organized a reading day for girl children at the Hafiznagar No2 slum community. Comic Strips made by UTSAH with support from Assam State Child Protection Society(SCPS) and UNICEF Assam were distributed among children of the community. These comic strips cover issues of girl child education, child marriage, child trafficking, girl child malnutrition and child sexual abuse. This comic strip was launched on National Girl Child Day 2017 on 24th of January 2017.

The National Deworming Day is observed on February 10 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and its main objective is to deworm children between the ages of (1-19) at schools and

     
     
     
8th of February 2017

Assam Director General of Police Mr. Mukesh Sahay endoraws the "Girl Child Empowerment Stories", an educative and informative comic strip for children, made by UTSAH, with support from State Child Protection Society, Government of Assam and UNICEF Assam. This comic strip was launched on National Girl Child Day 2017.
     
     
     
6th-7th of february 2017

UTSAH Founder Miguel Das Queah joins the All India Anti Human Trafficking Network in the National Conference on “Enhancing Collaboration, using technology, and public engagement to end human trafficking across India.” More than 30 organizations from all over India including International Justice Mission, Justice and care, Impulse NGO Network etc participated in the conference. This all India Network took strong resolutions aiming at convergence in all anti-human trafficking work across the country.
     
     
     
1st of february 2017

UTSAH Founder Miguel Das Queah partakes in a Panel with former Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr. SY Quraishi, Senior Journalist Pamela Phillipose, Deputy Rep UNICEF India Henriette Ahrens and Chief of C4D UNICEF India Mario Mosquera, at a UNICEF Event on Social and Behaviour Change Communication(SBCC) in the Child Rights sector in India in New Delhi. Miguel Das Queah presents the child protection concerns of Northeast Indian children and the importance of contextual cultural details in Social and Behaviour Change Communication initiatives.
     
     
     
1st of february 2017

Saraswati(Goddess of Knowledge) Prayer held at the UTSAH-Concept non formal education program( a part of the UTSAH Child Protection Center) at the Hafiznagar No2 community. Saraswati Puja is organized all over Assam to invoke the Hindu Goddess of Knowledge Saraswati who is believed to be the prime mistress and benefactor of knowledge, wisdom and music. This puja is organized every year during the month of January and holds symbolic relevance rather than a religious observation, as knowledge is considered crucial to the development and welfare of children. 120 children living in the slum area of Hafiznagar No2, alongwith their parents attended the ceremony that started at 12 PM and went on till 1:30 PM.
     
     
     
24th of January 2017

Launch of "Konya Sobolikoronor Golpo"- an educative Assamese Comic Strip for girl children conceptualized by UTSAH, on National Girl Child Day 2017. Supported by the State Child Protection Society, Government of Assam and UNICEF Assam. Launched by Dr.Tushar Rane, Chief of Field, UNICEF Assam, Shri. M, Barman, In-charge, ICPS, Social Welfare Department, Assam and Dr. Akashitora Saikia, TV personality. The comic strip (book) comprising five chapters on issues affecting the girl child including education, child marriage, child trafficking, malnutrition and child abuse, is aimed at raising the level of awareness among the children. Aimed at making children, especially the girl child, aware of the problem confronting them in their day-to-day life, the comic strip will be distributed to children in schools. UTSAH Founder Miguel Das Queah while speaking at the release function, said that the comic strip has been prepared and released to make the children familiarise themselves with the issues through visual communication. “We should not remain under the impression that gender discrimination is non-prevalent in Assam. Children are the most disempowered lot and to make their issues heard, we must work in a cohesive manner,” Miguel opined. “Children must know what to accept and what not to. Hope, our initiative will help them in raising their voice wherever and whenever necessary,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Tushar Rane, Chief of field office, UNICEF, explained the need for a safe living environment for children, especially the girl child. Rane stressed the need for raising the awareness level of people across the spectrum vis-a-vis child rights.
     
 
     
     
7th of January 2017

UTSAH organized a panel discussion on corporal punishment at the Metropolis Urban Youth Festival. This discussion set the tone for advocacy around the Assam Corporal Punishment in Education Institutions(Prohibition) Bill 2010. The panelist for the discussion: Ms. Runumi Gogoi(Hon'ble Chairperson, Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights), Mr. Paresh Shah(Sr. Technical Consultant, National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights), Mr. Abdesh Kumar(Consultant, National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights), Dr. Sangeeta Goswami(Psychologist, Mind India), Dr. Navanil Barua( Sr.Neurosurgeon, GNRC), Mr. Prafulla Barman(Vice Principal, Cotton Collegiate), Dr. Asha Kuthari(Professor, Gauhati University), Tinat Atifa Masood(Social Activist), Ms. Anubha Goyal(Principal, Royal Global School), Ms. Debasmita Ghosh(Co-ordinator, Human Rights Law Network, Assam), Mr. Nirmal Deka(Co-ordinator, Childline Guwahati). The session was moderated by Ms. Maini Mahanta, noted writer and TV personality. There were counsellors of Sanskriti-The Gurukul, Delhi Public School Guwahati, Army School Narangi and Royal Global School. The entire panel conceeded that Corporal Punishment and Psychological aggression should be completely eliminated and the Assam Bill should be enacted.
     
 
     
     
6th of January 2017

In an attempt to generate public opinion against corporal punishment in schools, UTSAH Interns Rajdwip Vardhan(Assam NLUJA), Sanjivan Chakravarty(Assam NLUJA), Dikhita Bora(Assam NLUJA) and Antareep Saikia(NEHU), under guidance of UTSAH Founder Miguel Das Queah, created a short movie for social media circulation. You can view the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npfdroeqK-4
     
     
     
5th of January 2017

Following UTSAH's official complaint (dt 26 December 2016), about the recurrent withholding of results, corporal punishment and forceful collection of capitation fee by the Bamunimaidam Sarkari Nimna Buniyadi Bidyalaya Chandmari, the Hon'ble Chairperson of the Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights(ASCPCR) Smt.Runumi Gogoi visited the school this morning and issued strict warning to the Principal and the staff. Smt.Gogoi told the management "Do not forget the law. Should you be reminded, time and again, about the Right to Education Act?" After the Chairperson’s visit, the results have been released and the school has assured of no further violation of the rights of children..
     
     
     
 
    
         
 
   
   
       
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