Social evils and society also contributed to exploitation of girls

Women members of self-help groups and members of non-governmental organisations should create awareness among the general public about child trafficking and against sexual abuse of girl children in a sustained manner, said District Revenue Officer and Collector (in-charge) V. Kalai Arasi.

Presiding over a meeting on Child trafficking and sexual abuse of girls organised by the Department of Social Welfare here, she pointed out that many girls were subjected to sexual harassment due to lack of awareness of their rights.

Various social evils and a highly parochial society also contributed to this exploitation in many ways.

Hence, the members of SHGs and other socially-conscious people should come forward to carry on the exercise of sensitising the people against such exploitative methods and also their rights. The runaway kids should be properly guided and handed over to rescue homes. Everyone should strive hard to shun violence against children and girls.

She further pointed out that such programmes could disseminate the message to the activists and people. School teachers and government officials also must join in this noble cause so that child trafficking and exploitation of girls could be prevented.

Officials including District Social Welfare Officer A.T. Baby Gitanjalai, YWCA general secretary Ruby Thiagarajan, Rotary Club of Salem President A.B. Baskar, IMA President Dr. P. Mannarmannan, Don Bosco Illam Director Fr Xavier and officers M. Sivagandhi and Sanjeevan took part.