Kolkata, Feb 20 (IANS) A community child welfare centre was launched in western Kolkata’s Metiabruz by the Baptist Missionary Society in collaboration with International Justice Mission to mark the World Social Justice Day on Tuesday.
The World Social Justice Day is observed on February 20 every year to achieve social justice in communities to promote development and human dignity.
Representatives of local organisations, government offices, law enforcement agencies, schools, and the community attended the inaugural event.
Through its community initiatives, the centre will aim to root out crime against children in their neighbourhood. Among other crimes against children, the centre will focus on raising awareness on trafficking, violence and exploitation of children.
“Local communities have a major stake in law-enforcement. Collaborative efforts of community along with law-enforcing agencies will ensure a safe and secure future for the children of Metiabruz. We hope that the CCWC initiatives will serve as additional eyes and ears to the police,” said IJM’s Director of Operations Saji Philip.
The CCWC aims to educate community members on issues of crime and the methods to access and support local police units. The centre will develop local anti-human trafficking clubs to report such cases, a media release from IJM and BMS said.