Addressing a state-level workshop on the effective implementation of POCSO Act, 2012, the chief justice said DLSA secretaries, department of education, police, health, women and child welfare and commission for protection of children and other stakeholders must protect the children.
He further said, “Whatever we do in life, it must be done with all seriousness and dedication with heart, and good work will yield good results.”
The Chief Justice said, “Today we are reviewing the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, which was enacted in 2012, we have to consider the challenges in its implementation, the shortcomings.
”Justice Bhaduri, Judge of Chhattisgarh High Court and executive chairman SLSA, said that the society has to come out of such a mentality that only small girls are unsafe in the country, but according to the figures boys are also at risk. It is also worth mentioning that men are considered to be the culprits for these crimes, while sometimes women also have equal participation in it. He also said in his address that only women doctors have been authorized for health examination in the Act, the same must be taken seriously.
Justice Koshy said that sexual crime against children is not discussed openly in India, and it is still considered a taboo. Good touch, bad touch, lack of communication regarding sexual consent and non-reporting of crimes in this regard increases these crimes. He said that it is the duty of all of us under the Constitution that any kind of violence against children is not forgivable.Tejkunwar Netam, chairperson, state commission for protection of child rights, Divya Umesh Mishra, director, women and child development department were also present.
In the second session, presentations were given by A P Wariyal, member secretary SLSA, department of women and child development.
The third session was presided over by Justice Chandel and Justice Deepak Kumar Tiwari, Arun Dev Gautam, secretary, home department. Sushma Sawant, director, state judicial academy, department of education, health and police addressed the valedictory session.
The one-day state level workshop was organised by the Juvenile Justice Committee of Chhattisgarh High Court in collaboration with Chhattisgarh State Judicial Academy and Chhattisgarh state legal services authority (SLSA).