Pune City police along with the NGO “Hope For Children” have established Maharashtra’s first child-friendly corner on the premises of Lashkar Police station.
It will house children who either have been a victim of a crime or were involved in one.
The cell aims to provide a curative and preventive approach at rehabilitating children in need.
The room of the police station is painted with beautiful drawings and cartoons, equipped with play material, colouring books and educational games.
The novel initiative would provide a surrounding that would help children to report cases without any objection.
It will also ensure that children from local communities are not involved in crimes and on the other hand, can help the police in the prevention of such criminal activities.
Teams from the NGO would train the police on mechanisms to handle children.
It was jointly inaugurated by Kanpur IIT Director Dr. Abhay Karandikar, Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta, Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shisave and CEO of Hope For Children foundation Caroline Audior De Valter.
The IITian said, “child-friendly police station is an innovative concept in the direction of preventing juvenile crimes and children reforms.”
Amitabh Gupta said, “Such police station will provide the necessary safety and security to the juveniles apprehended in different cases where they will be counselled and provide necessary protection under the ambit of the Juvenile Justice Act.”
He also stated that the concept will be replicated at other police stations if it turns out to be a success.