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TN Police to assign support person for abused children

Chennai, Sept 14 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu police are to assign a support person for helping the child abuse victims. The suitable person will be assigned to the children through the Child welfare committees in the concerned districts. The assigned person will support and render assistance to the abused children during investigation and trial.

It may be noted that the Tamil Nadu police in four southern districts of the state have embarked on a mission to support sexual abuse victims including women and children.  Police in  Tirunelvelli, Tenkasi, Thoothukudi, and Kanniyakumari districts have started intimating the sexual abuse victims the position of their cases through SMS messages and Whatsapp messages.

Inspector General of Police, South Zone, Asra Garg told media persons that the project which is functioning in the four Southern Districts will soon be implemented in Theni, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Madurai, and Virudhunagar districts.

Police sources told BPNS that the project has been running effectively in the four districts and is planning to spread it across the state. The police have taken this initiative as many victims are not aware of the position of their case as also many don’t know the rights they have to ensure that justice is delivered to them.

A senior officer in the Theni district while speaking to BPNS said, “ This measure implemented by the South Zone Inspector General will help increase the conviction rates and thereby put a hindrance on people who are inclined to do such activities on women and children.”

It may be noted that Tamil Nadu police have been effectively handling the cases related to sexual abuse and child abuse and victims are made aware of their rights. Cases that are registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses(Pocso) Act are given utmost priority by the state police.

The police update report on the Child abuse victim including preliminary details about the victim and the offense committed against them within 24 hours of registering the First information report (FIR).