PANAJI: The Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has recommended Prompt Augmentation of Women PSI Deployment as Child Welfare Police Officers in Critical Police Stations.
The Goa SCPCR convened its monthly Joint Review Meeting of the Child Protection System on 7th December 2023 at the Secretariat, Porvorim.
Stakeholders from the child protection system strongly advocate for the immediate and augmented deployment of Women Police Sub-Inspectors (PSIs) as Child Welfare Police Officers in critical police stations.
This recommendation aligns with the mandates outlined in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. The urgency of this recommendation is emphasized by the current unsatisfactory and insufficient deployment of Women PSIs as Child Welfare Police Officers, particularly in police jurisdictions where reported crimes against children are visibly of concern. Critical police stations identified include Mapusa, Panaji, Panaji Women Police Station, Old Goa, Calangute, Porvorim, Margao Town, Colva, Vasco, Maina Curtorim, Fatorda, among others. Recent times have witnessed a notable surge in reported crimes, especially those falling under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. To effectively address and investigate such cases, stakeholders firmly assert that the deployment of Women PSIs, specifically trained as Child Welfare Police Officers, is imperative.
In a letter to Goa Chief Secretary,Goa SCPCR said Child victims necessitate a nuanced and empathetic approach, considering the psychological and emotional impact of the crimes they endure. Women PSIs, equipped with specialized training, can play a pivotal role in creating a safe and supportive environment for child victims during investigations.
“Their understanding of the unique needs of children will significantly contribute to ensuring justice and the overall well-being of the child victims. Stakeholders acknowledge the challenges associated with crimes against children and the increasing complexity of such cases,” it said.
Therefore, GSCPCR said, this recommendation aims to enhance investigative processes, ensuring a child-friendly and trauma-informed approach that aligns with the spirit of the Juvenile Justice Act.
The Hon’ble Commission seeks your immediate attention to this matter and urgently requests your support in implementing this recommendation for the betterment of child protection and welfare in critical areas of concern. A compliance report is requested within 30 days of the receipt of this letter.