‘Ensure no arms at religious rallies’

The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights has urged the State government to ensure that no arms or weapons are carried by children in the Ram Navami rallies organised by the Bajrang Dal. In April last year, the WBCPCR took suo motu cognisance of children carrying arms at Ram Navami rallies in Birbhum district and sought a report from the District Magistrate. However, WBCPCR chairperson argued that unlike last year they have asked all the District Magistrates (on March 22) to ensure that “children who take part in the Ram Navami procession do not carry any arms”. The Commission urged the Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Department and the Home Affairs Department to “ensure that no arms or any kind of weapons are used by children participating in religious processions conducted by the Bajrang Dal”. The WBCPCR summoned the officials of the Bajrang Dal and the Vishva Hindu Parishad last month for allegedly arming children during the Ram Navami processions in Purulia and Hooghly districts.


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