Incidents of child abuse and intimidation are on a steep rise. This was revealed by Gampaha SSP Shantha Rajapakse, said at a workshop on protecting and promoting child rights, conducted by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka at the Divisional Secretariat Mahara recently.
Rajapakse reiterated that co-ordination between concerned other institutions is vital to continue the legal proceedings which begin at the Police station. R. P. Dayaratne, the Divisional Secretary of Mahara said steps should be taken to minimise child rights infringements such as, not sending children to school and child labour. Most incidents of violations of child rights are committed due to unawareness of human rights and due to financial restrictions. Therefore conducting programmes of this kind to improve awareness on human rights is vital. Child rights are grossly violated and steps should be taken to prevent it, he said.
Nimal Punchihewa, Attorney-at-law and the Director-Investigations and Inquiries of the HRC, Dr. H.P. Wijewardena, Judicial Medical officer, National Hospital, Colombo and Sudharshana Gunawardena, Attorney at law also addressed the workshop.
State officials comprising Police Officers of the Women`s and Children`s Desks, Probation Officers, Child Rights Promotion Officers, Early Childhood Development Assistants, and Officers of State Children`s Homes participated in the workshop.