Police urged to read amended GCA


The Goa police and Children’s Rights in Goa (CRG) organized a day-long workshop on the theme “Communicating with children: Child Friendly Police”. Police officers from different police stations in South Goa attended the seminar held in the police district headquarters.
In her address, CRG Director Dr Nishta Desai said the latest law to curb sexual abuse of children makes it mandatory for anyone to report to the police if they come across abuse of children. “The law now mandates anyone to intimate to the police if they come across any incident of sexual abuse of children or are likely to be abused. Non-reporting of the matter would result in punishment,” she said.
Dr Desai expects an increase in the reporting of child abuse cases with the new law mandating citizens to report such incidents to the police. She reminded the police officers that the Goa Children’s Act has undergone an amendment, and urged them to get the amended copy of the Act while handling child abuse cases.
In his address, DySP Mohan Naik said that children are being abused in different ways right from birth. He underlined the need for the police to handle cases of child abuse with caution.
District police chief Shekhar Prabhudessai said a lot of responsibility rests on the law-enforcing agency in respect of sexual abuse of children and underlined the need for police officers to handle the cases in a professional manner.
Mumbai-based psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetye was the key note faculty who conducted the seminar. [H]