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BIG FM KOLKATA JOINS HANDS WITH CRY FOUNDATION ON INTERNATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY



·      BIG FM hosted a panel discussion with credible personalities via a Facebook Live on 25th May 2018 which garnered over 90,000 views
·      The panel discussion focused on various reasons behind children going missing in India along with prevailing issues and factors involved behind child trafficking and abduction
·    Eminent personalities like Ananya Chakraborti (Chairperson, West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBSCPCR), Dr. Bipasha Roy (Ex member of J.J.B, Kolkata), Ruchira Goswami (Faculty, NUJS), Abhik Bhattacharya (Media Head, East, CRY), Mr. Susovan Si (Senior Program Coordinator, CHILDLINE India Foundation) joined the panel discussion moderated by BIG FM’s popular MJ Nilanjan

Kolkata, 30th May, 2018: 92.7 BIG FM, one of India’s largest radio networks, joined hands with CRY Foundation on International Missing Children’s Day which is observed in the memory of children who have gone missing from their homes and for those who have been reunited. In order to sensitise people about this burgeoning issue, the radio network hosted a panel discussion with credible personalities via a Facebook Live on 25th May 2018 which garnered over 90,000 views and counting.  
                                                                           


Eminent personalities like Ananya Chakraborti (Chairperson, West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBSCPCR), Dr. Bipasha Roy (Ex member of J.J.B, Kolkata), Ruchira Goswami (Faculty, NUJS), Abhik Bhattacharya (Media Head, East, CRY), Mr. Susovan Si (Senior Program Coordinator, CHILDLINE India Foundation) joined the panel discussion moderated by BIG FM’s popular MJ Nilanjan to help spread awareness about the importance of this day.

The panel discussion focused on various reasons behind children going missing in India. It also threw light on the prevailing issues and factors involved behind child trafficking and abduction. Questions like how people should report such a crime, what are safety measures that need to be taken to prevent this from happening in the future were addressed. The respected and highly experienced panelists also spoke about how family problems play an integral part in children eloping from their own homes. These kids face poverty and become an easy target for child abuse and sex trade. The speakers also highlighted a few success stories of finding lost children and spoke about the process of their rehabilitation and the investigations that went behind figuring the real reason of them going missing. For instance, one child who went missing was found and sent home after 35 years.
                                                                                  


Speaking on the activity, MJ Nilanjan of 92.7 BIG FM, said, “As a father, I can only imagine the pain a parent might feel on losing their child. The problem of a missing child has eventually given birth to multiple other daunting issues that don’t add to our nation’s well-being. This problem that our society is facing; especially in West Bengal needs urgent attention. BIG FM & CRY Foundation’s initiative will definitely help spread the desired awareness and work on the measures that need to be taken when a child goes missing. When in such a situation, one must remember to go the Police, dial 1098 & upload information on www.trackthemissingchild.in.”


Ananya Chakraborti - Chairperson, West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights
(WBSCPCR)
said, “BIG FM & CRY Foundation’s collective initiative has helped create a huge platform to sensitize people of this critical issue. It’s extremely important to start addressing the issues and find a way to curb completely. Parents of missing children can feel the pain of losing their children and those of us who assume our children are safe, may not be as safe.”

Dr. Bipasha Roy, Ex member of J.J.B, Kolkata said, I felt that BIG FM and CRY Foundation, through this step, initiated a movement with far reaching consequences - spreading awareness about safe migration, cautioning parents / guardians about handling children and about how the mechanism for recovering a missing child(ren) works. The panel was well knit, represented by crucial stakeholders involved in the recovery, protection and rehabilitation of missing child (ren) and the prevention of this phenomenon.”

Abhik Bhattacharya, Media Head of CRY Foundation said, “BIG FM & CRY Foundation addressed one of the biggest issues that India is facing today. This is not only a problem in one state but is very much prevailing across Delhi, Odisha, UP, Madhya Pradesh & Jharkhand. These missing children get involved in human trafficking & organ transmission. When a citizen notices that a child is missing, request you to report it to the police who can then take the necessary action. In the coming time let’s make our country safe, protected & secured for our children.”