Principal District and Sessions Judge P. Krishna Bhatt has called upon parents to protect children from sexual and physical abuse.
He was delivering the keynote address at a workshop on ‘Protection of children from sexual offences and drug addiction’, at the Indian Medical Association hall here on Wednesday.
“Parents and teachers have a great role to play in moulding the future of the child. They should make sure that children are not subjected to any form of abuse. Children should be given sex education in schools and homes,” he said.
“As per a study conducted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, two of every three children are physically abused. While 88.6 per cent are physically abused by parents, 53.22 per cent children have complained of some form of sexual abuse. In cases of sexual abuse, 50 per cent of the offenders are persons known to the child,” Mr. Bhatt said.
Deputy Commissioner S.N. Nagaraju expressed the need for a comprehensive approach to get rid of child abuse.
“All departments should collectively work towards getting rid of child abuse,” he said.
Superintendent of Police S.B. Bisnalli spoke about how the police were handling cases of child abuse.
“The district police has established a Child Welfare Cell with a senior officer as its head to handle these cases. We have also put in place the missing children tracking system and human trafficking cells. The public should join hands with the police to get rid of such evils,” he said.
Raichur Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Gnana Prakash, Deputy Superintendent of Police Divya Gopinath, and Joint Director, Department of Women and Child Development, Bangalore, Narmada Anand, were present.
The workshop was jointly organised by the district administration, police, zilla panchayat, Department of Women and Child Development, Education Department, Department of Health, and UNICEF Child Protection Programme.