Thiruvananthapuram, May 27 (PTI) Police stations in Kerala will soon have trained child welfare officers to deal with crime cases against children. Also Read - Poll Dates Announced For 5 Assemblies, Mamata Questions EC | All Major Election Developments in 10 Points

The state police has taken the significant decision in the wake of increasing incidents of atrocities and harassment against children. Also Read - Travel Guidelines For Delhi: Tourists Arriving From These States Need to Furnish a Negative COVID-19 Report

The move would also help to strengthen the force’s ongoing mission to make police stations ‘child-friendly’. Also Read - Kerala Election 2021 Dates: Election Commission Announces Poll Schedule

State DGP, Loknath Behera said special training would be imparted to police personnel to deal with the cases related to children.

“For this, a woman constable will be deployed as child welfare officer in each police station,” he said while speaking in a workshop organised by the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights here yesterday.

Crime Branch IG, S Sreejith said instructions had been given to take immediate action in cases coming under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO).

The Commission’s acting chairperson, C J Antony said the society has the moral responsibility to ensure the protection of children.

Other Commission members also took part in the panel discussion.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.