Arivu-Neravu, a one-day workshop for children from various orphanages and childcare homes in Mangalore was conducted by the Mangalore Police on 28th March 2021.
This program was conceptualised with inputs from Dr Mahabalesh Shetty, HoD, Dept. of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, KSHEMA.
AAKAASH (Adolescents and Kids Abuse and Sexual Health) a screening tool has also been designed by the Dept. of Forensic Medicine for this purpose.
The Departments of Community Medicine, Psychiatry and Paediatrics also participated and contributed greatly to the program. In addition, ten psychologists from School of Social Work Roshni Nilaya counseled the children. Nearly 500 children were screened, cases of sexual and physical abuse were identified and a plan of action chalked out for specific cases.
The contribution of doctors from Justice K.S Hegde Charitable Hospital was greatly appreciated by the Commissioner of Police, Mangalore.