Hyderabad: The Rachakonda Police in collaboration with Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) led by Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi inaugurated the State’s first child-friendly police station at Medipally Police Station here on Thursday.
Over 200 students from nearby schools, dignitaries and personnel of the Police Department and representatives of the State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, Child Welfare Committee and District Child Protection Unit attended the inaugural, which was organised to hand over the child-friendly station to the police authorities by BBA.
As part of the joint initiative, BBA will also organise a training session to raise awareness and sensitise personnel on the guidelines laid down by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights for establishing child-friendly police stations.
Nine-year-old Ishan, who is fighting cancer, was made the Rachakonda Police Commissioner for one day. He cut the ribbon to inaugurate a child-friendly room.
With assistance from BBA, the police station was furnished with beds and water coolers besides wall paintings to make children comfortable and relaxed. Books, toys and games too made available in these rooms that will aid in making children less anxious.
Rachakonda Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat said of late, many children who were victims of child abuse were visiting stations to lodge complaints.
“They are already victimised. The atmosphere in the stations should not re-victimise them. We wanted it to be a conducive atmosphere. Our officials will talk to children in mufti and collect information,” Bhagwat said.
If they are mentally affected, they would be guided to a psychiatrist and a counsellor, he added. Many cases of missing, stalking of children, cyberbullying, cyber harassment, child pornography and child marriage were being increasingly reported. “Our staff are trained in child safety and protection and child rights. They are briefed on the atmosphere to be provided to children,” Bhagwat said.
“We applaud this laudable initiative undertaken by the Telangana Police. Child-friendly police stations play a vital role in ensuring that every child had proper and timely access to justice,” Samir Mathur, BBA CEO, said.