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Police stations in northwest Delhi become child-friendly

India Today logo India Today 24-07-2021 Tanseem Haider
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In an endeavour to provide a welcoming and safe environment for women and children at police stations, North West District Delhi Police has established child-friendly corners in all police stations of the district.

S S Yadav, IPS, Joint Commissioner of Police, Northern Range inaugurated these child-friendly corners in all 11 Police Stations of North-West District. He physically inaugurated the Child Friendly Room of Subhash Place Police Station and the other 10 virtually in the presence of Usha Rangnani, IPS, DCP North-West.

"The aim is to provide dedicated friendly space for children in police stations, where they can play, learn and express themselves freely while they interact with police," said Joint Police Commissioner Northern Range S S Yadav.

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Joint Police Commissioner Northern Range S S Yadav inspects the Child-Friendly Room in Subhash Place Police Station (Photo: India Today/Tanseem Haider)

"These child-friendly corners will provide a dedicated comfortable space for children with play materials, educational games, note books, colouring books, toys, drinking water, food & have child friendly fixtures & fittings. A dedicated women staff has also been deployed in each child-friendly corner to look after the kids," he added.

DCP North West Usha Rang Mani said the endeavour envisages projection of police stations of North-West District as safe places for children.

"It will also provide a positive environment where 'Child in Conflict with Law' as well as 'Children in need of Care & Protection' can be given counselling in association with NGOs. The purpose is to make them feel comfortable while they walk into any police station and record their statement without any reservation. It will provide a safe place which would ensure child's Rights to Recreation, Protection & Participation while they are in a police station for any reason," she detailed.

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A child-friendly corner at a police station in northwest Delhi (Photo: India Today/Tanseem Haider)

Moreover, the initiative will also help in realizing the objective envisaged in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act to provide a positive environment with right attitude to exclusively deal with children either as victims or perpetrators, added DCP North West Usha Rang Mani. It is also in line with the guidelines issued by National Commission for Protection of Childs Rights.

This will also serve the purpose of crèche where female staff working in police stations can comfortably leave their child, while they can do their duties. In the process, North-West District aims to approach the issue of women and child safety with sensitivity and reaffirm its commitment to zero tolerance for 'Crime against Children & Women' and for any violations of child rights.

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