Special Steps for Safety of Children
Central Govt. has advised State Govt. & UT’s to ensure all steps for improving the safety conditions in schools/institutions, public transport used by students, children`s parks/play grounds, residential localities/roads etc. A detailed advisory was sent by the Central Government to all State Governments and UT Administrations wherein States/UTs to this effect. It has also been advised that the crime prone areas should be identified and a mechanism be put in place to monitor infractions in such areas for ensuring the safety and security of students, especially girls. For this purpose the States/UTs have been advised to take following steps.
i. Increase the number of beat constables;
ii. Increase the number of police help booths/kiosks, especially in remote and lonely stretches;
iii. Increase police patrolling, especially during nights;
iv. Posting police officers especially women, fully equipped with policing infrastructure in crime-prone areas in adequate number.
Ministry of Home Affairs has also sanctioned a comprehensive scheme ‘Strengthening law enforcement response in India against trafficking in persons through training and capacity building’ wherein it is proposed to establish 335 Anti Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) throughout the country and impart training to 10,000 police officers through Training of Trainers (TOTs) in three years. Ministry of Home Affairs has released funds as first installment amounting to Rs. 8.72 crores to all the State Governments for establishment of 115 Anti Human Trafficking Units
As per the seventh schedule to the Constitution of India `Police` and ‘Public Order’ are State subjects and, as such, the primary responsibility of prevention, detection, registration, investigation and prosecution of crime, lies with the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. However, Government of India is deeply concerned with the welfare of children and through various schemes and advisories to the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations, augments the efforts of the States /UTs.
This was stated by Shri Jitendra Singh, Minister of State of Home Affairs in written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.