Law Minister Anisul Huq on Thursday said he would personally ask the Election Commission to take action against those politicians who used children to further their election campaigns.
“I will ask the Election Commission to take proper action against those politicians who involve children in the election campaigning process, such as by making them put up posters and participate in processions,” he said in response to a question at the 15th session of the Child Parliament, held at the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) Auditorium in Agargaon, Dhaka.
Anisul added that sustainable development cannot be achieved without the involvement of children in the process, and a bigger budget needed to be allocated for the protection of children’s rights.
“The government will not tolerate child abuse and will do everything in their power to protect children and their rights,” he said.
A total 90 members of parliament, including 16 from special areas, were present at the session. Meftahun Nafar served as head speaker.
The Child Parliament is the advocacy wing of the National Children’s Task Force (NCTF), a children’s organisation established primarily to monitor the implementation of the National Plan of Action against sexual abuse and exploitation of children, including trafficking.