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Goa Child Rights Commission Urges Deployment of Women Sub-Inspectors for Child Welfare

Amid a notable increase in crimes against children, the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) has called upon the government to deploy women sub-inspectors (SIs) as child welfare police officers in critical police stations. GSCPCR Chairman Peter F. Borges, in a letter to the Chief Secretary, emphasized the urgent need for augmenting the deployment of women SIs in key police stations, aligning with the mandates of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

The recommendation stems from stakeholders within the child protection system, highlighting the current inadequacy in deploying women SIs in police jurisdictions where crimes against children are a growing concern. With a surge in reported crimes, especially under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the commission stresses the importance of women SIs, specially trained as child welfare police officers, to ensure a nuanced and empathetic approach.

Their expertise, it is argued, can create a safe and supportive environment for child victims during investigations, addressing the unique needs of children and contributing to their overall well-being.