Special panel will deal with children in hostels, says Hyderabad collector – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

VIJAYAWADA: NTR District Collector S Dilli Rao says a special committee, made up of police, tax, child protection and ChildLine officials, will be appointed for continued monitoring of homes social and rescue centers in the district. The move came following a recent reported case of sexual abuse at a school for the disabled in Ibrahimpatnam.

The collector interacted on Wednesday with students from Annamma Differently-Abled School, who were housed at Vijaya Mary Blind School, Gunadala here on Wednesday. Rao asked the students to treat him like their older brother. The latter told the collector that the school management also used to physically attack them and did not give them food in time.

“A case has been registered under section 376 of the IPC, section 75 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 and the relevant sections of the Protection Act 2015. Children Against Sexual Offenses (POCSO) against the school. Steps are being taken to take stern action against the school management and prevent the recurrence of such incidents in the future,” he said.

The collector further said that the High Court Committee on Juvenile Justice had released child abuse awareness posters as part of a campaign called ‘STOP Child Sexual Abuse’ and had also approved a video of eight minutes on “Difference between Good Touch and Bad Touch and SOS call to 1098 CHILDLINE / 100 police / 181 Women Helpline in difficult situation.

The collector visits the children
The collector interacted on Wednesday with students from Annamma Differently-Abled School, who were housed at Vijaya Mary Blind School, Gunadala here on Wednesday. Rao asked the students to treat him like their older brother.

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