PANJIM: At a time when the Congress women’s wing committed a violation of human rights by disclosing the identity of two rape and molestation victims, the government has proposed sensitising the media fraternity on this issue.
Addressing a three-day orientation training program on Juvenile Justice Act 2015 and Integrated Child Development Scheme for stakeholders, Women & Child Development Secretary Ashok Kumar focussed on sensitising the media.
He stressed the need of such an orientation programme saying, “The media fraternity should be cautious while dealing with incidents of child abuse.” He advised the organisers to hold a special session to sensitise the media on laws and schemes in force and implemented for the welfare of children. The sensitisation program, he suggested was required to ensure the identity of the victim is not exposed.
The proposal for sensitising the media comes at the very time when despite Congress’ Mahila Morcha president Pratima Coutinho circulating photographs of two victims of rape and molestation, journalists ensured their identity was protected.
Goa Police is also contemplating penal action against her following complaints from Goa State Commission for Women and NGOs.
At the orientation program held in collaboration with National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development Bangalore, Kumar assured that the Department of Women and Child Development is trying to accommodate all anganwadis in government buildings and start anganwadi centres soon.