Chandigarh, September 16:

In a bid to weed out child labour, child trafficking, domestic and sexual abuse from the society, the Community Affairs Division of the Punjab Police in collaboration with NGO Bachpan Bachaho Andolan, on Wednesday organized an online training program on Child Rights and Child Protection for the officials of the Punjab Police investigating cases under POCSO Act and responsible for implementation of provisions of Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

Disclosing this here today, an official spokesperson of Punjab Police said that around 200 Police officials of five districts would be trained in the first phase from 16.09.2020 to 30.09.2020. A total of four workshops would be conducted over the span of next 2 weeks by experts on various children/juvenile Acts such as Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2015, Child Sexual Abuse, POCSO Act, 2012, Child Marriage Act 2006, Human trafficking & SOP of Missing Children and Child Labour.

He further informed that the first such online workshop was inaugurated by Additional Director General of Police, Community Affairs Division (CAD), Gurpreet Deo from CAD office, SAS Nagar. In this online program, 57 Police officials of Ludhiana Commissionerate are participating in this 3 days workshop.

Furthermore, he stated that the inaugural session was addressed by Sutapa Sanyal, retired IPS officer from U.P cadre and Arun Gupta, Sessions Judge-cum-member secretary, Punjab State Legal Services Authority. In this training program, around 200 police officers including Child Welfare Police Officers, Nodal Officers of Special Juvenile Police unit and MHCs of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Mohali districts would be trained.

He revealed that this training program would play a key role to strengthen the Child protection mechanism in the state and enable Police officials to investigate cases involving children including sexual assault with sensitivity and in collaboration with other institution such as Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare committee constituted under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

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