Assam Police Launches 'Sishu Mitra Programme' in Guwahati
With the aim to promote child-friendly policing in the state, Assam Police launched Sishu Mitra (child-friendly) Programme in collaboration with UNICEF India and nongovernmental organization, UTSAH.
The first-of-its-kind program focussing on bridging the gap between police and children was launched by chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal.
The first part of the program comprising the Child Friendly Police Jacket initiative (for police officers dealing with children) was also launched. The first jacket was ceremonially presented to Deepak Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Guwahati. This was followed by the introductory remarks by Harmeet Singh, Additional DGP of Assam, and the main man behind the initiative.
“Sishu Mitra is another step in our endeavour to serve society, specifically children,” said ADGP Singh.
Present during the occasion were minister of social welfare Pramila Rani Brahma, Tingkhong MLA Bimal Bora, additional chief secretary to the government of Assam, (Home), Kumar Sanjay Krishna, director general of police, Assam, Kuladhar Saikia, representative of UNICEF India office Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, and chairperson of the Assam State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights Dr Sunita Changkakoti, among other distinguished guests.
“Protecting children is our responsibility. Be it home, schools or public places, we the parents, teachers, elders and senior citizens must work together to create a child-friendly atmosphere for children to grow,” CM Sonowal said speaking on the occasion.
“I applaud Assam Police for their dedicated service for the cause of people and ensuring security of the society. The programme will further increase its citizen-oriented approach and help children in need of assistance,” he further added.
Besides announcing a series of initiatives to make the police sensitive towards children, a Child-Friendly Police Kit was also launched as a part of the Sishu Mitra Programme. The kit contains a child-friendly jacket and a Dos and Don’ts Manual in Assamese.
These jackets have a child-friendly colour that would help in altering the mood and behaviour of children when they meet the police. The Child Welfare Police Officer or any other police personnel going to meet a child will have to wear this jacket and use the kit.
Globally, this year is the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and 100 years of Child Rights Movement. In Assam, the government and development partners are working to enable a secure, safe, happy and healthy childhood for all children, in support of the sustainable development goals.
“In this regard, a series of trainings have been planned that would include the creation of child-friendly police corners in every police station, and raising awareness on ending violence against children in Assam,” informed ADGP Harmeet Singh.
He also urged the Assam Police personnel who will be dealing with children to be very humane and use their child-friendly police kit to bring about positive changes in their approach towards children.