Pune doctors to protect children against sexual offences

IMA Pune has decided to celebrate its 90th foundation day with unique initiative where it will create awareness in society on topics like adolescent parenting and Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act

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Now even doctors would contribute their share to protect children against sexual offences. In its bid to protect children against offences like sexual abuse and sexual harassment, Indian Medical Association (IMA), Pune, has organized panel discussion to spread awareness on such issues.

IMA Pune has decided to celebrate its 90th foundation day with this unique initiative where it will create awareness in society on topics like adolescent parenting and Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

With the rise in cases of sexual offence against children in the country, IMA doctors felt the need to make parents aware of the subject. The Pune branch will hold a panel discussion on June 3 which will be open to all people in the city.

Dr Meenakshi Deshpande, one of the panelists for the discussion and Secretary of IMA Pune, said, “We are encountering many cases where teenage girls are pregnant and then they come to us for abortions. Many a times parents ask us to not to disclose these things. But we, doctors, are bound by law and we have to report such cases to appropriate legal authority. Parents are not aware about the laws such as POCSO. In this case, we felt this need to make parents aware on such issues and acts related to it.”

Apart from doctors, the panel will have government representatives and social workers working on the same subject. Topics like menstrual problems, good touch – bad touch, adolescent behavior problems will also be discussed.

Dr Padma Iyer, IMA, Pune, President, said, “Awareness on such issues is not much in society. When patients don’t disclose, it becomes difficult for doctors to suspect that the case might be of sexual abuse. In order to spread awareness on how to deal with such cases, we are holding this panel discussion.”

Doctors in Pune came together in 1928 and formed what was then called Pune Medical Congress, which later became IMA, Pune chapter. On May 31, it completed 90 years.