Kerala State Women’s Commission Chairperson K.C. Rosakutty has said that the functioning of Jagrata Samitis under the commission will be strengthened to curb atrocities against women and children in the State.

Awareness campaigns

Speaking after attending a district-level Jagrata Samiti meeting here on Thursday, Ms. Rosakutty said atrocities against women and children had increased and, many a time, most of the cases were not coming to the light owing to the ignorance of the laws concerned.

Hence, the commission would organise various programmes, including awareness campaigns, from ward level Jagrata Samitis to sensitise women.

Shelters

Ms. Rosakutty said the commission was considering the possibilities of setting up special shelters for women and children of vagabond families in the State to ensure their security in the wake of the recent sexual assault on a three-year old girl at Thirur. Stringent action would be taken against the culprits, she added.

The services of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes promoters would be utilised to collect details of the alleged child marriages taking place among the tribespeople in the district, Ms. Rosakutty said.

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