Minister for Social Welfare M.K. Muneer on Thursday said that ward-level Jagratha Samithis would be formed in each grama panchayat to prevent atrocities against children.

After visiting Shafeeq, the five-year-old boy undergoing treatment at St. John’s Hospital here after being tortured by his father and stepmother, Mr. Muneer told mediapersons that the samithis would consist of school teachers, police and a panchayat council member.

The Minister said that the Commissioner, Child Protection Council, had been deputed to monitor the boy’s condition and submit a report. Awareness campaigns would be organised on atrocities against children.

The government was planning to utilise the service of Kudumbasree members for these campaigns. Stern action would be taken against schools and hospitals that failed to report complaints of atrocities against children.

He said all steps would be taken to save the boy’s life. The Minister said that the boy had started mildly responding to medicines. However, as he was in a critical condition, he could not be shifted for advanced treatment. He said the expert team from Kottayam Medical College, who held discussions with the hospital authorities on Wednesday, had expressed satisfaction at the treatment given to the boy. The hospital would bring out a medical bulletin on the boy’s health on twice a day, the Minister said.

Mr. Muneer said atrocities against children came to light only at a later stage, rendering it difficult to save them.

The public and the media should be vigilant against child abuse, he said.

E.S. Bijimol, MLA; District Collector Ajith Patil; Additional District Magistrate P.N. Santhosh; Superintendent of Police M. Sheik Anvaruddin Sahib; and Deputy Police Superintendent P.N. Remesh accompanied the Minister.

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