778 child abuse cases reported in Kerala last year
Thiruvananthapuram: A report of the Kudumbashree says that 778 child abuse cases were reported in the state in a period between April 2017 and March 2018. This figure is based on the cases reported directly or through phone calls at the ‘Snehitha’ gender help desk of Kudumbashree.
Most number of abuses were reported from Thiruvananthapuram, with 222 cases. Only one case was reported from Kozhikode and Alappuzha districts each. 190 cases were reported from Malappuram and 156 cases from Ernakulam.
In a total, 30 human trafficking cases were reported in the state. With 14 cases, Palakkad topped the list. Most number of cases of domestic violence came from Ernakulam with 660 complaints. Considering all sorts of crimes including domestic violence, 4721 cases were reported in the state.
‘Snehitha’ gender help desk started functioning in August 2013 as part of women empowerment activities. Its service was available in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Malappuram districts in the initial phase. The service was extended to all districts in the 2017-18 financial year. Toll free number is available for all districts except Wayanad and Kozhikode.
The shelter home provided its service to 2244 women. The functioning of ‘Snehitha’ is jointly executed by the State Child Welfare Committee, police and social welfare department. ‘Snehitha’ also provides legal aid when required. The procedures to appoint an advocate to provide full time legal help to women and children are under progress.