Bangladesh’s Cabinet approves Children Act 2013

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DHAKA, Bangladesh: The Cabinet on Monday finally approved the draft of the Children Act 2013 for children’s overall welfare and development.

The bill seeks enactment of a new law to replace Children Act of 1974. Cabinet Secretary Mosharraf Hussain Bhuiyan disclosed during briefing after the cabinet meeting held at the secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Bangladesh's Cabinet approves Children Act 2013The draft law proposed for maximum five years imprisonment and Tk one lakh fine for any cruelty on children.

The law has been prepared aimed at ensuring development, prosperousness, health, all rights and welfare of the children, he told the newsmen.

“It’s a law befitting to the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, and a comprehensive one with as many as 100 clauses,” he said.
Child age has been fixed up to 18 years in the draft law, he added.

Bangladesh enacted its first Children Act in 1974 and in 1990, ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Children.

A ‘Child Welfare Board’ would be constituted at national level with its chapter at district and upazila levels, Mosharraf said adding a ‘Child Desk’ would also be set up at every police station to handle children’s cases.

The cabinet also approved the draft of ‘Bangladesh Film and Television Institute Act, 2013′ keeping the provision of establishing an institute to develop proficiency of the artists, filmmakers and technical staff.
About the Act, 2013, cabinet secretary said, it will be an autonomous institute, to be administered by an 18 members governing council. Government will appoint the chairman of the council. Five specialists, a journalist and representatives from national institute of mass-communication (NIMCO) and Bangladesh Shishu Academy (Children Academy) will also be included as member in the board,” he said.