Assaults against children: Govt to initiate new measures to ensure safety
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is looking at new means to ensure safety to children in the wake of rising rate of child assaults. A detailed working plan will be shaped under the leadership of social justice department. On April 27, the department will hold a meeting of responsible people.
In a family survey conducted by social justice department in the previous year, children in 11,72,433 families were living in unsafe living conditions. 32,654 families have either a step father or step mother. In 94,685 families, one of the parents is an alcohol addict.
No actions were taken upon the survey results. The recent incidents of child assaults in Thodupuzha and Aluva compelled the authorities to take more precautions to combat the social issue, said Biju Prabhakar, special secretary for social justice department.
After examining the details of the families collected in the survey, data will be handed over to vigilance committee at panchayat level and childline workers to strengthen the surveillance. Information about the families and children will be kept confidential. Schools will be directed to provide special consideration at the school.
Teachers will note the behavioural changes of students and will initiate counselling and other measures for students. The Shafeeq committee had recommended to provide necessary training to teachers in this regard.
The government appointed Shefeeq committee in 2014 after a child was assaulted by parents in Idukki. Details of the broken families were collected through anganwadi workers based on the committee recommendations.