The Kerala State Police Chief Loknath Behera has issued an order appointing one woman police officer in police stations as child protection officer. All police stations in the State will get a woman police officer to ensure the protection of children. One person among civil police officer, senior civil police officer, woman assistant sub-inspector/woman sub-inspector will be selected as child protection officer. The officer would exclusively cater to the atrocities against children, in the wake of increasing child abuse cases in the state. They will be given training and entrusted with responsibilities related to Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, and child rights.
According to the statistics with the state crime records bureau, the cases that are registered under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, 2012, are on the rise over the past few years. While the number of cases that were registered under Pocso Act in 2015 was 1,583, it increased to 2,122 in 2016 and 2,697 in 2017. In the first two months of 2018, 459 Pocso cases have been registered in the state.
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