Increase in crimes against children in Goa led to the meeting to provide for the security of children in contact with the railways.
Increase in crimes against children in Goa led to the meeting to provide for the security of children in contact with the railways.Pic courtesy: GSCPCR

Joint stakeholders meeting on children in contact with railways

Stakeholders made aware of latest SOP by Indian Railways

To bring about coordination when addressing issues related to children who come in contact with the railways, the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights conducted a joint stakeholders meeting at the Conference Hall, KRCL, Margao, on January 30, 2023.

Stakeholders instructed on measures to be taken to protect vulnerable children.
Stakeholders instructed on measures to be taken to protect vulnerable children.Pic courtesy: GSCPCR
Increase in crimes against children in Goa led to the meeting to provide for the security of children in contact with the railways.
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Stakeholders from railways, constituting the station master, TTE/TC, commercial and technical railway staff, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP) and secondary stakeholders, that is the coolies/porters, vendors at the station, cleaning staff, and taxi, auto rickshaw and motorcycle pilots came together to discuss ways to protect and provide care and support to children in contact with railways.

Increase in crimes against children in Goa led to the meeting to provide for the security of children in contact with the railways.
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The stakeholders were briefed by Peter F Borges, Chairperson, Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, about the support system required to create a protective environment for children at the railway station, the mechanism to safeguard children’s rights at the station premises, and the procedure to be followed to provide care and support to a child found at a railway station and on trains in the context of standard operating procedure by the Railway Police Force.

Increase in crimes against children in Goa led to the meeting to provide for the security of children in contact with the railways.
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Speaking to GT Media, Peter Borges said, “Basically the need was felt that in view of the surging crimes against children. All stakeholders need to know about the functioning of the child protection system. Recently there were a few cases of concern with regard to children rescued from railway premises.”

He further said, “The stakeholders were made aware of the latest SOP by Indian Railways. Few hurdles like transportation of children, hurdles in rescue process were discussed.”

Increase in crimes against children in Goa led to the meeting to provide for the security of children in contact with the railways.
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The meeting was coordinated by Francis Lobo, Security Commissioner, Railway Police Force. The meeting was attended by Roselle Solomon, a member of the Child Welfare Committee, South Goa; Ana Fernandes, the coordinator of the Konkan Railway Childline; and other Childline teams operating in the state of Goa.

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