The second draft of child policy of the state government will be placed before the cabinet in a month or so. The draft policy deals with welfare measures for children and also ways to prevent their exploitation, including a policy for children who act in television serials and participate in reality shows.
The draft aims to protect children from all forms of physical, sexual, mental, emotional, spiritual, economical and social abuse and exploitation. It also speaks about a mechanism to stop physical and mental punishments in schools.
According to the draft, counsellors at all talukas should be made available to all children who are subjected to misbehaviour at the school level.
Besides, laws prohibiting sexual misbehaviour, human trafficking and child marriage should be made known to the children, parents and teachers, the draft states.
The draft policy also stresses on the need to provide all kinds of equipment and facilities to help special children in learning and enabling them to reach the school premises.
The draft also speaks about group of special trainers at the district level for children who are physically, mentally and economically weak.
Considering the high drop-outs and children being forced into labour and begging, the draft stresses on collection of information on their attendance and transfers to other schools aiming to track their progress and find out whether they are being forced into begging or labour.
The policy seeks to provide protection through better laws to ensure that children are not subjected to misbehaviour, violence, neglect, discrimination, torture, trafficking or are being forced to act in films.
The draft also seeks that the state should frame a policy to ensure that no child sleeps on the streets or footpaths. A full-time centre for taking care of the needs of the children nutrition, protection and health, treatment in charity hospitals has been also proposed.
The policy also speaks about orphan children being named in records.
The draft policy also wants the state to ensure that no nicotine and other addictive substances are distributed or sold to children under any circumstances in any location.
According to the draft, an FIR should be mandatorily filed in all cases where children go missing, and police should be provided with enough finances and increased manpower to carry out investigations in such cases. Besides, it also wants the development of a Standard Operation Procedure for missing children.
What the policy aims to do
The draft aims to protect children from physical, sexual, mental, emotional, spiritual, economical and social abuse and exploitation
It also speaks about a mechanism to stop physical and mental punishments in schools
The policy draft also wants the state to ensure that no nicotine and other addictive substances are distributed or sold to children under any circumstances in any location.
It also seeks that the state should frame a policy to ensure that no child sleeps on the streets or footpaths