7.7 lakh children unsafe at home, reveals study

KP Pravitha

Kochi: A recent study on the safety of children has disclosed that 7.7 lakh children in the state are unsafe in their homes. The study was carried out as directed by the state government. Homes have been turning unsafe for children due to drug abuse of parents and family problems.

The government has planned to form a detailed mission to tackle the problem after compiling the details collected by Anganwadi employees.

Women and Child Development department director TV Anupma informed that to ensure the safety of children, the government will issue guidelines within two weeks.

Drugs turn villain

Liquor and drug consumption by adults is the major reason for violence against children in houses. The study reports showed that 500 families have been consuming drugs in Ernakulam. Among 3000 families, it was found that one of the parents was alcoholic.

The dispute between parents, extra-marital affairs and financial problems are the elements which contribute to unsafe homes for children.

Continuous monitoring of affected children

The Women and Child Development Department will monitor the background of the children from the houses where various issues were identified. If children are unsafe, the department will seek help from the police.

Special consideration will be given to children who have no parents and brought up by others. Children who took shelter at orphanages will be rehabilitated.

At the same time, the director of the Women and Children Development department has summoned a meeting to discuss further action based on the study report. The meeting will be held on Wednesday at Thiruvananthapuram. Heads of various departments will attend the meeting.

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