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Stakeholders meet to ensure kids safety at railway stations

New Delhi: Stakeholders including the Delhi Police and the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) held a meeting in which the safety of the vulnerable children who are coming in contact with Railway Station on a daily basis was discussed. In the meeting issues like protection measures for Protecting such children from any kind of abuse or harassment, physical or mental, coordination with Other Stake Holders like Police (RP/ GRP), CWCs, JJBs, Railway Officers and passengers were also discussed.

During the meeting a panel discussion on Standard Operating Procedure, and, roles of all stakeholders in the Protection of Children was held. They also discussed ways for strengthening the processes and an alternative care plan.

The report of the meeting accessed by Millennium Post revealed that a large number of vulnerable children comes in contact with the railway station on a daily basis. It includes children traveling alone in the trains, or vending, begging, rag picking and children living in the station premises.

"Most of these children are run- away from their homes. These children generally include those who live in difficult circumstances, belong to dysfunctional families, poverty-stricken families, broken families, overcrowding, abusive conditions at their homes," added the report.

According to procedure related to the care of child found in train or railway premises revealed that any child found in train or railway premises by RPF, GRP, railway employee or the public shall bring him/her to station superintendent/master.

"Station Master/superintendent shall record such child details in the register with him. And ensure, RPF who will, in turn, communicate to the local police station in which the parents/relatives/guardian lives," was one of the points in the procedure.

A member from DCPCR, Rita Singh said that focus was given on the protection of children in all railway stations in the city. "There is a need to invest in childhood today in terms of the effort, resources, and dedication to strengthening the future. If we develop a strategy to develop our children, we are automatically developing our nation," said DCPCR member in the meeting.

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