Children worst hit in Assam violence

200 among 498 inmates of a relief camp below 18.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published:May 10, 2014 2:14 am

Of the 498 people who have taken shelter in a make-shift relief camp at Narayanguri in Baksa district following the attack on Khagrabari village by unidentified armed militants on May 2, as many as 200 are children.

Revealing this, Runumi Gogoi, chairperson of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR), Friday asked the state government to immediately transfer those children who had lost their parents in the incidents of violence in the Bodoland districts to the State Homes for Children.

A team of the ASCPCR led Gogoi visited the make-shift relief camp and asked the district administration to provide a detailed list on the number of such orphans for further action. Of the 200 children in the camp, as many as 85 are in the age group of 0-6 years.

“The state government must also ensure that the children affected by the latest wave of violence in the BTAD continue their studies by providing them free books under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and taking steps to send them to schools immediately,” the ASCPCR chairperson said.

It also submitted a report to Chief minister Tarun Gogoi recommending that local administration take immediate steps to provide safe drinking water and nutritious food to children.

Meanwhile, of the 45 bodies recovered so far, 14 were of children, while 10 children are still reported as missing.