Berhampur, July 18 (LocalWire): The Gajapati District Police Office (DPO) now has a separate colourful room with toys and books where children can enjoy without fear, while their parents meet the officers to lodge a complaint or go about their other work in the superintendent of police (SP) office.
Following a similar child-friendly facilities at two police stations – Garabandh and Paralakhemundi – in the district, Gajapati SP Sarah Sharma on Wednesday inaugurated the first woman and child-friendly DPO in the state.
“Since the number of women and children visiting the DPO for different purposes is increasing, we decided to have a separate room for the convenience of the children in the office premises.
Accordingly a designated room was developed with all facilities for children so that they can be kept engaged while wait for their mother who is busy with work in the office,” Sharma said, adding that the facility will help make child and mother comfortable while coming to the SP office.
The walls of the room were decorated with different cartoons, messages from the Panchatantra and quotes of different persons. The walls also have messages related to the child’s rights written in Odia. Besides, different toys and indoor games like Ludo, books for children, drawing sheets, and colour pencils are also stocked in the room with proper seating arrangement.
The room also offers privacy to pregnant women and lactating mothers and will soon have an attached toilet, The SP informed.
The women and child friendly DPO has been jointly developed by the police and district child protection office (DCPO).
“The objective is to take away the fear of police out of a child’s mind,” Sharma stated, adding that while they have already developed two child-friendly police stations (PS) in the district, all other PS will be made child friendly soon.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), country’s apex child-protection body had recommended a child-friendly corner or room in all police stations and also released guidelines for the establishment of child-friendly police stations, sources 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,” district child protection officer (DCPO)Arun Kumar Tripathy said.
According to Tripathy, they spent around Rs 30,000 to 40,000 in each police station to set up the child friendly corner, while the police authorities allotted the room in the premises of the police station.