‘Police need to be sensitive to child abuse victims’
“Treat victims of child abuse as you would treat your own child,” Supreme Court advocate Rajeet Choughale told more than 50 city policemen on Friday.mumbai Updated: Nov 13, 2010 03:20 IST
“Treat victims of child abuse as you would treat your own child,” Supreme Court advocate Rajeet Choughale told more than 50 city policemen on Friday.
Choughale spoke to the policemen about the legal perspective in cases of child abuse during a seminar organised by Childline NGO, a 24-hour helpline for children in need of care and protection, at Churchgate.
The founder of International Justice and Mission, Choughale urged the policemen to take positive steps in eradicating child abuses from the society. He gave them tips on how to deal with child witnesses and victims of abuse.
The day-long seminar also included other speakers who explained to the police about the psychological and medical aspects of child abuse as a part of the National Initiative for Child Protection Workshop.
Assistant commissioners of police, senior police inspectors, community police and officers of the crime branch attended the workshop. “It was an essential seminar on how to deal with victims of child abuse,” said Iqbal Shaikh, assistant commissioner of police (Colaba, Cuffe Parade and Marine Drive areas). “We generally follow all the necessary precautions in such cases, but this was a refreshing aspect on the subject.”
According to the speakers, with developing technology, children are more vulnerable to abuse. Touching on various issues like pornography, rape, and other forms of abuse, the speakers tried to educate the city policemen about the mental trauma a child goes through and how they should tackle the issue to make a strong case in the eyes of law.
They stressed upon the change in attitude and the patient approach required in dealing with children’s issues.