All stakeholders, including the government and civil society, should strive to prevent child abuse, C.R. Raja Somashekar, senior principal civil judge and member secretary of the District Legal Services Authority, has said here on Tuesday.

“While social groups, including the non-governmental organisations and parent-teacher associations, should create public awareness about the issue, steps should also be taken to train the children to recognise symptoms of child abuse,” he said.

Speaking at a legal awareness camp organised by the District Legal Services Authority here on Tuesday, Mr. Somashekar lamented that the market-centric economy and its tools seemed to lack humane values. The rat race for success tended to undermine human virtues like compassion and love, he said.

He urged students to focus on their goals with a single mind and work hard with self-belief.

M.C Biradar, additional sessions judge, spoke. Reshma Kaur, vice-president of the school management committee, and others were present.