An awareness rally on 'Free and Compulsory Education and Chil-dren's Rights' organised jointly by Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR), Bangalore, District Legal Services Authority, District Administration, Zilla Panchayat, Women and Child Development Department, District Children Protection Committee (DCPC) and social organi-sations was held in city this morning.

The rally that was flagged off from the CADA office at 10 am by Principal District and Sessions Judge Mohan Sripad Sankolli passed through Sayyaji Rao Road and culminated at Jaganmohan Palace where a convention was held later.

More than 2,000 students from Bapuji Children's Home, RLHP, JSS Makkala Kuteera, Nisarga Foundation, DEED, Jain Makkala Kuteera, Chamundi Makkala Kuteera and other schools in city and district took part in the rally.

Judge Sankolli, speaking on the occasion, said that atrocities on girls were increasing day-by-day and called upon parents and teachers to take utmost care and protect them. He added that an awareness should be created not only in the city but throughout the country.

During the rally, members of Organisation for the Development of People (ODP) in Banni-mantap and Child Helpline-1098 staged a street play on Child Rights & Education.

Principal Civil Judge (senior grade) B. Nandakumar, Chairman of Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights H.R.Umesh Aradhya and others were present.

At Jaganmohan Palace: Litterateur Dr. D. Javaregowda (Dejagow) inaugurated the day-long convention of children focused on Right to Education and Children Rights at Jaganmohan Palace here this morning. A few kids also joined Dejagow while lighting the lamp. Speaking on the occasion, he said "The world will be barren without flowers, children and birds."

Referring to the present education system, Dejagow said that regular curriculum was must for children but thrust should also be given for honing their behaviour and talents.

DCPC Chairman N.T. Venkatesh regretted that child trafficking was on the rise which should be curbed.

Rangayana Director Dr. B.V. Rajaram assured to provide assistance to organise theatre camps in schools to train students in drama.

KSCPCR Chairman H.R. Umesh Aradhya presided.

The programme featured cultural activities and drawing competition for kids.