TRIVANDRUM: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the government will be allocating more funds for the early expedition of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) cases. More special courts to deal with POCSO cases will be established, he said in a press statement.
At a meeting held between CM Pinarayi Vijayan and secretaries from various state departments, it was decided that counselling facilities for students will be established at every school.
This will help the students come forward if they face child sexual abuse at home or otherwise and the counsellors will be trained in law and awareness. Children with multiple complaints will be given special attention.
For reforms in child welfare, a state-level committee will be established and will be headed by Chief Secretary Tom Jose who will also facilitate sexuality education.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also pointed out the necessity for sexuality education in schools due to the misconceptions in the society regarding the same.
Other precautions are also being taken by the state to protect children from atrocities like rape and harassment. The prohibition of the sale of drugs near school premises would be implemented effectively by the police and Excise Departments and the cyber forensic laboratory system to prevent.
Homes, where only mother and daughters live, should also be given protection, opined the CM. Police and Social Justice Departments have been given the task to address this issue.
Department of Education has been instructed to take cases on child sexual abuse and to hold a meeting between teachers and parents for this purpose.
Kerala government will be undertaking measures since they are facing flak for the lapse of investigation and judgment in the sexual assault and abetment of suicide of two minors in Walayar.