Vijayawada: Acting Chief Justice of High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Ramesh Ranganathan underlined the role of constructive effort between child welfare and police department in the successful enforcement of Juvenile Justice Act-2015.
He, along with director general of police N. Sambasiva Rao and Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar, participated in a state-level awareness programme on Juvenile Justice Act in the city on Saturday.
He asked the police to play a constructive role in protecting children and rescuing them from abuse and sexual assault. There were many laws to protect the rights of children but their proper implementation was needed, he said.
Parents and civil society should play a key role along with the police and judiciary to prevent children from developing a criminal tendency, he added. “Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act-2012 (POCSO Act) is applicable for youth below the age of 18 years and the state government is taking stringent measures to implement the Act. Cases of sexual assault and kidnaps were increasing and government had provided legal aid to 213 victims,”said chief secretary Dinesh Kumar.