Interactive session on Child-safe Bengaluru at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

Namma Bengaluru Foundation CEO Sridhar Pabbisetty and Director of Child Rights Trust, Vasudeva Sharma speaking at the press conference. Pic courtesy: NBF

Child safety and security is the need of the hour in Bengaluru, with the recent spate of unfortunate incidents of child abuse reported. Child-safe Bengaluru Initiative is working on preventive and corrective measures to protect child safety across various spaces that involves children.

As a part of the Initiative, an interactive discussion on child safety and preventive action has been planned by Namma Bengaluru Foundation, on 6th September, 2014, with Child Psychiatrists, Child Rights Activists, Policy makers, Legislators, Law Enforcements agencies and the Karnatake State Education Department. The venue for the event is Kincha Auditorium, Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course road, Bangalore-560001, at 10 am to 1pm.

The aim is to initiate a dialogue to discuss changes that can be incorporated in our current system for child safety, and to plug loopholes that allow for such incidents to recur.

The challenges identified by NBF, including FIR registration, Criminal Investigation, Medical Examination and Legal proceedings are being discussed with various government agencies to make them child friendly.

“We believe in developing a robust mechanism that will involve all departments along with various child right groups in formulating policies and processes to ensure a ‘Child Safe Bengaluru’. A Federation of Parents Association, a pro active parents group has been created by the NBF which will help parent-school interactions for effective safety systems”, says Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation.

“Protection of children and child rights is a collaborative process. It is impractical to think that dictum by any one operator or authority will correct all systems and children would be protected by them. Protecting children against all kinds of violations is the duty of everybody concerned. If we have to make Bangalore safe for children, we need to have a Child Rights Protection Policy in place for the city and everyone have to adhere to it ” says Vasudeva Sharma, Director of Child Rights Trust.



Keynote Speakers

10 am – 10.30 am

Open house discussion with parents and teachers how to make Bengaluru child safe

Parents /Teachers/Guests

10.31 am –10.32 am,

Welcome Speech

Sri Lakshmikanth

10.33 am – 10.48 am

Law enforcement perspective on Child safety by the Dept

Sri M N Reddi, IPS– Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru City

10.49 am – 11.04 am

Education perspective on Child safety by the Dept

Sri Mohammed Mohsin, IAS – Commissioner of Public Instruction

11.05 am – 11.20 am

Lessons from the child help line

Sri Vasudev Sharma – Child Rights Trust – 11.36 am

Child-centric measures and role of parents and teachers

Dr Shyam Bhat – Consultant, Psychiatrist

11.37 am – 11.52 am

Issues being considered for Child Safety Plan

Smt Suchitra Rao,  Former consultant, UNICEF

11.53 am – 12.08 pm

Role of Parents and Parent Associations in ensuring child safety at schools and other institutions

Sri Sridhar Pabbisetty – CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation

12.09 am – 12.10 am

Vote of Thanks

Smt Vrunda Sekhar

12.11 am – 12.45 am

Interaction Session


12.46 am – 1.30 pm



This is a press note issued by Namma Bengaluru Foundation, and published as is on Citizen Matters in the section ‘Messgae Forward’ meant for public interest messages by institutions and individuals.

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