Indian consulate calls for steps to prevent abuse

DUBAI - The Indian Consulate in Dubai will work with schools and parents to set up mechanisms that can prevent incidents of child abuse, the Consul General of India, Sanjay Verma, said on Monday.

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Published: Wed 19 Jan 2011, 12:46 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:41 AM

Responding to reports about the alleged rape of a four-year-old Indian girl onboard her school bus, Verma said the community has expressed “anxiety and anger” over the incident.

“It’s a shocking and saddening incident. There is anxiety and anger in the community on this issue,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an interaction of the Indian Ladies’ Association (ILA) with the Chairperson of India’s National Commission for Women, Dr Girija Vyas, who was in town to enquire about the welfare of Indian women workers here.

“We have got calls from the community mainly from people wanting to show solidarity with the parents and wanting to avoid such things in future,” he said.

Verma said, the consulate is in touch with the girl’s school to see how to improve the processes to avoid anything of this sort in the future.

Verma suggested that schools should consider safety options of having female staff as attendants in school buses and fixing surveillance cameras as some of the measures to tackle such incidents.

He appreciated the local police which registered the case even though it was reported two months later after the parents realised the need to report it.

Deploring the incident, Dr Girija said such crimes could only be committed by people who are mentally sick. Expressing faith in the local judicial system, she hoped that the guilty would get the maximum punishment at the earliest.-

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