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Chirag app launched in Maharashtra for protection of child rights

Today Pankaja Mundhe, Minister for Women and Child Development, Government of Maharashtra launched the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights’ (MSCPCR) mobile application, CHIRAG (Child Helpline for Information on Rights and Address Grievances). CHIRAG will primarily provide assistance to individuals who wish to report cases of child abuse. CHIRAG is now available on Google’s Play Store and an IOS version will be launched shortly.

According to NCRB, in 2015 as many as 8,800 cases of sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault were registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The mobile application is aimed to further awareness on the rights of children across the state. Through CHIRAG the MSCPCR is providing an easily accessible forum for adults and children across the state of Maharashtra to directly connect, complain and access its orders. 

MSCPCR has partnered with International Justice Mission (IJM) to develop CHIRAG. This collaboration has ensured that the issues of child sexual abuse as well as child labour and trafficking are holistically addressed through CHIRAG. The mobile application provides for direct access to the Mumbai based MSCPCR as well as contact details of local authorities in the 36 districts across Maharashtra.

CHIRAG provides a mechanism for all individuals and organisations concerned with child rights to communicate with the MSCPCR. The mobile application has links to the laws related to children, namely The Right to Education ACT 2009, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012, The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act 2016, The Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) 2015 and The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006.

Sanjay Macwan, IJM’s Regional Director for North India said, “CHIRAG is a necessary and important application in this mobile age, to provide information and a grievance redressal mechanism for issues related to children. MSCPCR and Department of Women and Child Development has done a commendable job to promote this application. IJM India is pleased to support this endeavor that will empower children in the state of Maharashtra.”

This initiative is a first of its kind by a child rights commission. Through CHIRAG any person in Maharashtra will have the ability to access and exercise the rights of children in the palm of their hand. 

The App can be downloaded from the google playstore “CHIRAG” or using this link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.orient.mscpcrapp&hl=en

Contact: Joanita Britto - jbritto@ijm.org