The Odisha government on Tuesday decided to set up 34 child-friendly police stations across the state in a bid to reduce mental pressure on children who need to visit police stations for some reason, an official statement said.
A proposal to set up 34 such police stations - one in each police district - was approved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is also in charge of the Home Department in the state.
Each child-friendly police station will have beds, chairs, tables, toys and first aid kits for children. Wall paintings and informative pictures will be drawn on the walls of them, a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.
CM @Naveen_Odisha has directed to set up child-friendly police stations in each of the 34 police districts in the State, realising the need for child friendly environment within police station for kids, who would be coming to police stations for legal reasons or seeking help. pic.twitter.com/ec3cp3uvhy— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) October 26, 2021
Children's books, magazines and newspapers will be available there, while special logos and posters on child rights and Do's and Don'ts for the police personnel will be put up at these police stations.
Children come under the purview of the law on different occasions and they also visit police stations to seek help. Keeping this in view, the chief minister felt that a suitable atmosphere for children is needed at police stations, the CMO statement said.
The name and contact details of the Child Welfare Officer and other related information will also be displayed at the child-friendly police stations.