Thiruvananthapuram: In yet another instance of brutalities against children, a five-year-old landed at a government hospital in Kottayam in Kerala after being allegedly tortured by his father and stepmother for two years. The state government has adopted the child and lodged an attempt to murder case on the father and the step mother.
But this is not a one-off incident in one of India's most literate states. Earlier in May, a 7-year-old girl died in Calicut after being allegedly tortured by her stepmother. Following the recent child deaths, the state government finally got its act together to come up with some stringent measures to protect young lives.
The Cabinet decided at a meeting:
- A sub-committee of Home, Education and Social Welfare secretaries will submit a detailed report
- The state will enact a new law if needed to protect child rights
- Schools and other institutions will play a key role
- Hospitals will apprise the child welfare department of domestic violence cases
"We are coming up with another programme called our responsibility to children. Every district will have this with a lot of activities where the counselling of the parents will also happen. So there should be a correction and mentality of the parents has to change," said Minister for Social Welfare MK Muneer.
Experts say that a rise in the divorce graph is perhaps fuelling domestic violence at home. Now it remains to be the seen how much of the state government's steps would help prevent such gruesome incidents and save innocent lives.