Deputy Commissioner D Randeep said that amendments in the laws concerning the protection and safety of children following the rampant increase in the cases of child abuse and trafficking has made it crystal clear that safety of children was our top priority and advised the officials and representatives of various NGOs working in the field to have a complete understanding of the laws.
Speaking at the two-day workshop on ‘Children’s right and laws,’ organised for the NGO representatives by the Women and Child Welfare Department, Mysuru, District Administration and Zilla Panchayat on Thursday in the city, Randeep said that the protection and safety of children was necessary to ensure country’s secure future.
“It ought to be our priority to ensure children are, both mentally and physically safe and free from any sort of abuses. For this to happen, we should have in-depth knowledge about the laws and provisions, including the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act,” he said, adding, departments and NGOs should work hand-in-hand for the betterment of our country.
Special awareness classes
The DC hailed special awareness classes being organised at a few English medium schools for the children to make them understand about good and bad touches. He said such awareness classes should be extended to all the schools. “Unless a child doesn’t understand what good touch is and what is bad, how will he or she complain about the same. The child should also have the understanding of approaching a person in such cases. This will help in creating a safe environment for children to grow,” he added.
Randeep further said that child trafficking was on rise in the district and had become a major issue. While the police personnel are doing a credible job to curb the menace, NGOs too contribute their bit to ensure safety of children, he said and asked them to discuss any practical difficulty at the ground-level they were facing.
The workshop involved elaborative discussions on children related issues along with major Acts such as Juvenile Justice Act, POSCO Act and Immoral Trafficking Act.