PANAJI: The Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has witten to teh Director General of Police regarding the disturbing incidents that were reported in our state on 27th January 2024, involving the abandonment of two young children in a single day.
The occurrence of two troubling abandonments in a single day underscores the fact that safeguarding our children is a collective responsibility extending beyond the realms of law enforcement and child welfare organizations, said Peter Borges, Chairperson GSCPCR. “It is a societal duty that calls for vigilance, empathy, and proactive engagement from each one of us,” he says.
Such incidents not only bring to light the vulnerability of our children but also raise serious questions about the societal and systemic support structures in place for the protection and welfare of our children. In line with its mandate, it is imperative for Goa SCPCR to take cognizance of such grave incidents and act promptly to safeguard the best interests of the child, Borges said. “Therefore, I urge your office to take immediate and stringent action to investigate this incident and ensure that the children involved are provided with the necessary care and protection. Furthermore, it is crucial to understand the magnitude and pattern of such cases to devise effective preventive strategies,” the letter reads.
Therefore, he continued, request your office to prepare and submit a comprehensive status report detailing all incidents of child abandonment registered in the state of Goa over the last ten years.
“This report should include, but not be limited to: 1. The number of child abandonment cases reported and registered. 2. The demographic details of the children involved. 3. The circumstances and locations of these incidents. 4. The current status of the investigations. 5. The measures taken for the rehabilitation and welfare of the abandoned children. 6. Any identified patterns or trends related to these incidents,” the letter says.
The compilation of this data is crucial for the Commission to analyze the situation effectively and work collaboratively with your department to develop robust mechanisms for the prevention of such incidents in the future.
|It will also aid in enhancing the effectiveness of our policies and programs aimed at child protection and welfare. I appreciate your prompt attention to this matter and look forward to your cooperation in ensuring the safety and well-being of every child in our state. Please treat this matter with the utmost urgency and provide the requested action taken report within 30 days,” he said.