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Child-friendly policing need of hour: DLSA

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Sensitisation programme for police and child welfare officers gets under way

Prakasam District Legal Services Authority Secretary G. Ramagopal addressing a sensitisation workshop on child rights in Ongole on Saturday.— Photo: Kommuri Srinivas
Prakasam District Legal Services Authority Secretary G. Ramagopal addressing a sensitisation workshop on child rights in Ongole on Saturday.— Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

DLSA Secretary and senior civil judge G. Ramagopal on Saturday called “For a social milieu in which child rights are valued and vulnerable children are protected”.

Inaugurating the day-long sensitisation programme for police and child welfare officers here, he observed “children who come in touch with the police everyday need support and guidance to overcome the tough situation they may be facing”.

“Your interaction with vulnerable children should always be positive. You should help them through difficult circumstances realising that if provided an opportunity they will correct themselves and become responsible citizens in the future”, he said.

Additional Superintendent of Police Mallikarjuna Rao said training of all those involved in the juvenile justice system including social workers and prosecutors would go a long way in creating a congenial atmosphere for protection of child rights.

With periodic training, police personnel at the grassroots level would be in a better position to appreciate child rights and extend protection to vulnerable children including street children, Child Welfare Committee Chairman Ram Mohan felt. The participants were enlightened on constitutional and legal provisions for protection of child rights, including the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act, 2000 and the role of police and Special Juvenile Police units. Case studies were made to understand the differential procedures for children in need of care and protection of children in conflict with law.


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