WAKE UP CALL FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS, SOCIETY

WAKE UP CALL FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS, SOCIETY

  1. On last Thursday at Chennai(Madras) High court, division bench headed by Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice S. Baskaran, were disheartened and appalled by the number of cases increasing in a  similar pattern. All the four cases which had come for hearing, were about elopement of minor girls with aged, married men and they were dismayed by the increase in number day by day. 
  2. This was reported, when the mother of a minor girl moved a habeas corpus plea for her daughter to be brought to the court as her whereabouts are unknown. On June 13th this year, the said girl had eloped with a married man aged 45 years, who were nabbed by the police three days later and the man was sent to judicial custody on kidnapping charges and the girl came into home fold. He was released on bail later. But now, since the girl has again eloped again she set the plea in motion. Hearing her case, the court decided to seek immediate remedies from the State and police force, parents, teachers so that in future such incidents don’t occur and the next hearing of this case is on November 8th, 2018.
  3. In the findings that day, they have sought State’s co-operation in conducting various counselling programmes for children and parents. Impleading the DGP as party respondent, the sitting bench directed the State to file a report on the number of such cases registered in the past 10 years, conviction rate, steps taken to prevent such incidents, records of serial offenders, whether they were booked under POCSO ACT 2012 and lastly suggested the State to form a separate wing to deal with such cases.
  4. For the parents and teachers, the justices reiterated that, since the girls are minors, at a gullible and innocent age, that if anyone lures them with kind words and sweet promises they tend to get carried away and little knowing the after effects of their actions, they tend to fall prey to men who are targeting young girls. Sometimes worst experiences happening at that age can cause lifelong, unforgettable scars and make them emotional wrecks.  It’s for the parents to have good communication with their children so that they can avoid such mishaps. Next, as Teachers tend to spend more time with students and the parents can seek the teachers help to speak and make them understand the problems they face at that age owing to sensitive issues, physiological changes which are quite normal for teenagers.
  5. Girls at a young impressionable age when they find someone outside, who addresses their emptiness, misgivings, lack of love and affection, caring at home, they tend to get wooed and fall prey to such men who are just waiting to take advantage of them. Teenage is a very testing phase in anyone’s life that with only parental guidance, extra patience, tolerance, love and care this phase of the children’s can be handled as they are in their own quest for answers to the innumerable questions that raise in them apart from education, peer pressures socially. Lets’ save our daughters for the future of our society. 
  6. -Vijayashree Ramesh
  7. The writer is an advocate based at Chennai
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