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502 thanas to get child-friendly

Jharkhand police and Unicef are walking the extra mile to curb crimes against children.

The police, in association with Unicef (Jharkhand), launched a child-friendly police station programme and extended the ambit of a helpline to register missing children at a Ranchi hotel on Tuesday.

The two-year programme will cover 502 police and rail thanas across Jharkhand.

Under this programme, each thana will have to strive towards improving police-public relations, make personnel more sensitive towards child rights issues and strictly implement guidelines of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000.

Speaking on the occasion, IG (crime) Sampat Meena said a set of 21 indicators had been developed as self-assessment tool for police stations.

“The OC of each thana will assess their progress against the indicators and report the same to the respective superintendent of police, who heads the Special Juvenile Police Unit in each area. These 21 indicators are in line with norms under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act and Supreme Court rulings,” she said.

Addressing police officers from Ranchi and other districts, DGP Rajeev Kumar said: “The thanas, which fulfil all 21 criteria, will get a certificate at the end of the first year. If they sustain the good work over the two-year period, they will be honoured.”

A helpline for registration of missing children, which operated only in Ranchi since its launch earlier this year, will now cover the whole state. “On calling 9471 300 008, people will be advised on the procedure for filing FIRs. The helpline is located in CID office, Ranchi, and manned by NGO workers from Diya Seva Sanathan with support of Unicef,” said Anurag Gupta, IG (provision).