Mangaluru, July 08, 2019: Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil has informed that a helpline would be started to assist female students in times of distress.
He was addressing a meeting of representatives of various educational institutions, hostels and voluntary organisations convened by the District Administration on July 8, Monday with the objective of sensitizing the educational institutions on the need to check instances of sexual abuse of girl students.
The DC said the helpline number 1077 which is presently operating to assist citizens in times of distress would be utilised to receive complaints regarding any instance of abuse of students or matters pertaining to safety of students. Later efforts would be made to solve the issue after consulting experts. Schools too should appoint counsellors and try to create an awareness among students. There is need for active participation of everyone to check such instances, he opined.
Representatives of educational institutions who participated in the meeting opined that mobile phones should be banned in school premises and minors should not be allowed to enter bars and pubs. Several other suggestions also came up.
Psychiatrist Dr Ravish Tunga who spoke on the occasion said there was a need for a change in attitude to put an end to such instances.
DCP Hanumantharaya said all steps would be taken to check menace of drugs and sought the co-operation of students, parents, educational institutions and public in this regard.
SP Laxmi Prasad, ZP CEO Selvamani, District Health Officer Dr Ramakrishna and others were present.