On the occasion of ‘Bal Diwas‘, a day dedicated to children, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and Rachakonda Police Commissionerate joined hands to inaugurate Telangana’s first ‘child- friendly’ police station.
According to The Hindu, the Rachakonda Medipally station has “child-friendly corners” with books, games, beds and water coolers that make for a safe environment for juvenile delinquents as well as kids accompanying their parents.
Telangana State Police children's day (Nov 14 th) gift
Medipally PS is the first in the state to have an exclusive child-friendly room.The concept is to reform the juvenile delinquents and children accompanying their parents to the PS
— Medipally Police Station (@MedipallyPS) November 13, 2019
CEO of BBA Samir Mathur was quoted saying, “child-friendly police stations play a vital role in ensuring that every child has proper and timely access to justice. These police stations promise a facilitating environment and also encourage higher reporting of crimes relating to children.”
The station was inaugurated by 7-year-old D. Ishan whose dream is to become a cop when he grows up. And the chief guest was Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat.
Happy Children's day……Today Child Friendly Police Station Inaugurated by Commisioner of Police Sri M Mahesh Baghawath at Medipally PS…… pic.twitter.com/6FggZJwvFY
— Medipally Police Station (@MedipallyPS) November 14, 2019
The ceremony included a training session where the cops were apprised of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) guidelines. NDTV reports that 200 students from nearby schools were invited and a special event was organized to sensitize them about the issue of missing children.
— Rachakonda Police (@RachakondaCop) November 14, 2019
We hope that other police stations in the country follow suit so that crimes against children get reported and solved following proper procedures.