Hundreds of people had turned up at Rohania police station with their wards, which were mentally or physically challenged.
As a part of community policing, which is done by the police of every district to come close to society and earn confidence of people by becoming familiar, the Varanasi police had recently planned to launch a project for mentally challenged children.
The concept of this project was developed by circle officer (Sadar) Rahul Kumar by keeping problems like killing of such children to end their claim on property, trafficking for different reasons and purposes.
The police also planned for ensuring availability of certificates of ailment for each mentally retarded child from chief medical officer, benefits of the schemes of ministry of disability affairs, government of India, ARUNIM national trust, their training and counseling with the help of De Tulsi of Deva International Society for Child Care, who is also one of the directors of Association for Rehabilitation under National Trust Initiative of Marketing (ARUNIM national trust) of ministry of disability affairs, government of India.
The cops named this project as 'Sahas'. When the police had planned to invite ADG (law & order) to inaugurate this project, they had a list of about 300 mentally challenged children dwelling in villages of Rohania, Jansa and Lohta police stations.
But, when day of inauguration came, the figure of children as well as mentally challenged adults crossed the mark of 370. Rahul said that the department had not imagined for such a huge response. The huge crowd made the day hectic for Tulsi and his team but he was satisfied with his decision to which he termed as his 'pagalpan' (craziness) done after a carrier of 30 years as psychiatrist.
Before the inaugural address, Kumar preferred to see the process to detect the problems of mentally challenged children, counseling and also the gallery where the handicraft products prepared by such children was displayed.
Kumar praised the concept by saying that during the service of police the cops face many problems and challenges but despite seeing mentally challenged people in routine life he had never imagined that police can also do anything for them.
He said that if this project proves successful in Varanasi, the cops in other districts can be advised to adopt this programme as community policing.
SSP AK Mishra promised to make such a model of this project which will help it to continue even in the case of transfer of existing police officers in the district.
Mishra said that camps will be organised at all police stations. IG GL Meena and DIG A Satish Ganesh also addressed the function.
Source : TOI , 29th June 2013