With a move to provide a safe environment by individuals who are specifically trained and sensitised to address the issue of child abuse, a Child Abuse Response Unit was inaugurated by Police Commissioner Dr A Subramanyeshwar Rao at JSS Hospital here on Thursday.
Delivering the inaugural address, he said: “It is a concern for both police officers and medical practitioners to look into the cases of child abuse. Police chiefs are majorly concerned to look into law and order of a region but it is of same interest for us to look into various other cases. If we look at the ground realities, police today have lost trust in complainants. There is an internal culture of police wherein a police looks every matter or a complainant with suspicion. There is a need to break this culture.”
“Not only police department plays a peripheral role in addressing the cases of child abuse, various other agencies including medical assistance, support from NGOs too play a pivotal role. This unit will bridge the gap between various agencies that exist and act as a single platform to take care of child abuse cases,” he added.
The lead taken by the JSS Hospital has a plan to run streamlined and standardised protocols in emergency department with a multidisciplinary team that is engaged and sensitised with in-depth understating of sexual victimisation, where the process will be confidential. The process will be done in collaboration with Police department, government organisations from the including department of women and child welfare, district child protection officer and others.
He also appreciated Dr Roshini, medical student from JSS Medical College who played a major role in setting up of Child Abuse Response Unit. He also appreciated the institution for encouraging the student’s interest and making it a reality.
Director of JSS Medical hospital Ravi M D, DCPO K Padma, Deputy director of women and child welfare department K Radha, Sheela Khare of Child welfare committee, team of experts from MS Ramaiah Medical college and others were present.