Speakers at the day-long conference on ‘Human rights and AIDS prevention: the role of police’ stressed the need for policemen to show the right attitude in protecting the rights of the high risk groups.

Additional Director General of Police (APPA) Rajiv Trivedi said that the Nellore district police are always in the forefront of community service and the AIDS prevention is one important area where policemen have much to do to help the people concerned.

He also praised the initiative taken up under the Child and Police Project (CAP) for extending all possible help to the destitute children.

District Principal Judge L. Sriramamurthy called upon the policemen to play a bigger role in the community welfare activities like the prevention of HIV and also in protecting the rights of all the concerned sections.

Superintendent of Police B.V. Ramana Kumar said policemen with right attitude and aptitude would be selected at each police station to help in the protection of high risk groups in their concerned limits.

Harsh treatment would not serve the purpose, but an attitudinal and perception change would help in addressing the issue, he added.

Officials of APSACS, community-based organisations, NGOs and scores of others took part in the programme and gave their suggestions.