Berhampur, June 10 (LocalWire): Garabandh became the second child-friendly police station in Gajapati district.
A special room with cartoon and Panchatanra characters and colourful drawings painted on its walls along with a toy zone developed jointly by the police and district child protection office (DCPO) was inaugurated by SP (Gajapati) Sarah Sharma on Monday.
The first child-friendly police station was opened at the model police station, Pralakhemundi in February.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the country’s apex child-protection body had recommended a child-friendly corner or room in all police stations and also released guidelines for establishment of child-friendly police stations, officials said.
‘The room was set up as per the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and in accordance with the guidelines of the NCPCR, said district child protection officer (DCPO)’ Arun Kumar Tripathy.
He said they spent around Rs 40,000 to 50,000 in each police station to set up child friendly corner, while the police authorities allot the room in the premises of police station.
‘We will develop a children’s corner in all other eight police stations in the district as well as in the SP office in phases,’ Sharma said.
She said in the next 10 to 15 days, the SP office would have the child-friendly corner as several women with their children visit the district police office to vent their grievances. ‘The objective is to check the fear of police out of children’s minds,’ Sharma added.
‘The children can spend a few hours at the police station in a happy atmosphere,’ said the SP.
The children in need of care and protection and those alleged to be in conflict with law will be made to sit in the room keeping them safely away from regular criminals and perpetrators in the police station,’ Sharma added.