Schools should play key role in curbing child abuse DCPCR
New Delhi: “Schools should play a key role in curbing child abuse,” was one of the agendas that was discussed in a meeting held between DCPCR and other stakeholders including Child Welfare Committee, civil society organisations, lawyers. According to Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), the meeting was held on Tuesday at Delhi Secretariat. The chairperson of DCPCR Ramesh Negi, in the meeting said, “65 per cent of the crime is done by a known person. It is vital to ensure that children in our homes are safe too. School can play a crucial role in ensuring child’s safety.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAdding further, he said, “Schools, during meetings, should create awareness among parents to report cases to concerned authorities if their children are being abused by their relatives.” In the meeting, it was also discussed that there should be adequate street lighting in those areas from where cases of missing are regularly being reported. Sources said that the stakeholders talked about providing street furniture (chairs) for residents of the areas vulnerable to kids. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Residents or neighbours can also keep a tab on children when they are playing outside their homes. It will deter the crime in the area,” an official said during the meeting. Another official pointed out that schools should comply with the guidelines of DCPCR such as setting up of Child Abuse Monitoring Committee at schools. In July, a compendium of missing children released by DCPCR revealed that Narela, Sahbad Dairy, Jaitpur, Vijay Vihar, Khajuri Khas, Dabri, Uttam Nagar, Mehrauli are the areas from where most missing cases were reported. Jyoti Duhan Rathee, DCPCR official emphasised on the need to have many conversations on the topic of child sexual abuse. Moreover, she emphasised the importance of victim compensation, mandatory reporting and the need for all the stakeholders to come and work together. An official from NGO said that as per their survey 49 percent of the crime is committed at the house of either the victim or the offender.