Friends, colleagues and relatives of child rights activist Seena Rajagopal got together at the Kerala Sahitya Academy hall on Sunday to commemorate her first death anniversary.
Addressing the gathering, Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar recalled that Seena Rajagopal was an active presence in child welfare activities. She dedicated her entire life to creating awareness among people of juvenile justice laws, he said.
Seena Rajagopal, who was a member of the Child Welfare Committee and faculty at KILA (Kerala Institute of Local Administation), Kerala Police Academy and Excise Academy, had written many books on Juvenile Justice.
Social activist P.B. Hima has been selected for the first Seena Rajagopal Memorial Award for her active interventions in child rights issues. Hima is a student counsellor at Government Higher Secondary School, Perinthalmanna. The award carries a memento and certificate and was presented to her by K. Rajan, MLA.
Kerala High Court judge Sunil Thomas was the chief guest. He released the book Juvenile Justice Laws (Care and Protection of children) written by K.K. Varijakshan, husband of Seena Rajagopal.
“Violation of Child rights has become rampant in society. Creating awareness among common man about child rights is imperative in finding a solution for this crisis,” Justice Thomas said.
Kerala Child Rights Commission member C.J. Antony introduced the book. Those who worked for child rights should be honoured, Murali Perunnelly, MLA, said.