Panaji: ‘SOS women and child – Goa’, a mobile app which consists of information relating to concerned authorities, laws and landmark judgments, helpline numbers, government schemes as well as safety tips for women and children was launched by the Director General of Police (DGP) Pranab Nanda on Thursday.
The mobile app is a first consolidated mobile application conceptualised and developed by NGO SCAN-Goa for the state of Goa.
Speaking on the occasion, Nanda said that India professes respect for women and concern for children, “and our Constitution and
laws guarantee gender equality and protection to women and children against abuse.”
“However, innumerable women and children are sexually exploited,” he said adding, “There are also a large number of cases of trafficking of women and girls.”
Similarly, majority of the children are neglected and many of them victimised, said Nanda.
“The major form of exploitation includes domestic violence, sexual exploitation, pornography and indecency against women. Child labour is also a major problem and has remained intractable,” he said.
Nanda said that while the criminal justice system is doing its part, role of civil society and NGOs is also very important to promote awareness about such abuses.
Later responding to media queries on children safety and CCTV in educational institutions, he said, “It (CCTV) is good for the system and in case there is any kind of incident, it also helps us in tracking anyone who has done it.
I would urge schools to install CCTV cameras wherever they can specially for the protection of children,” said Nanda. He said children need to be protected everywhere, it is the responsibility of the parents, the society as well as the school.
According to information, the app has been developed with the consent of the Department of Prosecution, Department of Women and Child Development, Goa Police and Goa State Commission for Protection of
A presentation on the use and application of the app was made by advocate Emidio Pinho, in-charge of Victim Assistance Unit and One Stop Centre and co-founder of NGO SCAN Goa. A whistle and torch are features available on this app for easy access to women and children.
During the programme, issues faced in investigation of sexual offences were also discussed. IGP Jaspal Singh, DIG Paramaditya, SP Bosco George, DySP Mahesh Gaonkar and others were also present during the programme which was held at the gazetted police officer’s institute, Altinho, Panaji.