Schools in Bihar would soon have special ''POCSO cells'' to hear complaints of sexual misconduct and exploitation, a government official said in Patna on Sunday.
Bihar Education Project Council, an organization dedicated to achieving Universal Elementary Education (UEE) in the state, had last week issued direction to all district education officers to set up POCSO cells in schools, with students among others as its members, she said.
"We have given directions to the district education officers (DEOs) to set up POCSO cells in all schools of the state, starting March 1...
"There will be a committee headed by the headmaster in each school, which will look into the complaints and take necessary action, according to the provisions of POCSO Act," Kiran Kumari, special project officer, Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC), told PTI.
The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 aims to punish those engaging in sexual crimes against children, while safeguarding their interests at every stage of the judicial process.
In the first phase, the units would be established in secondary schools, she said, adding that the model would be later replicated in primary and middle schools.
Each committee will have the school principal or headmaster, a senior school teacher, a panchayati raj representative, a girl student, a boy student and a clerk as its members, Ms Kumari explained.