Inclusion of sexual offences act in syllabus mooted

A conference on implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, on Tuesday recommended that the act should be included in school curriculum to educate children on how they should fight these offences.

The conference chaired by Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath was attended by experts and bureaucrats of the Central and state governments.

Tirath made an appeal to the states to implement the law. The act, among other things, provides for protection of victims from violation of privacy and humiliation after such incidents.

The act has provisions for in-camera proceedings, interpreter and proper medical facilities.

Nita Chowdhury, secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, said the act focuses on the protection of children.

She suggested that the Central and state governments should organise conferences to raise awareness.

Kushal Singh, chairman of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), stressed on the NCPCR’s monitoring role, as provided in the act. She said basic problems need to be taken care of.

It includes insensitivity of police, lack of trained counsellors and the need to strengthen the juvenile justice mechanism.

The conference was attended by officials from the central and state women and child departments, child rights commissions, education departments, police and judicial academies, legal service authorities, home departments, health departments, public prosecutor offices, administrative training institutes and Unicef.

 States including  Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh participated.

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