In a move to ensure safety of kids who are put up in day care centres, the Kerala Police has directed such centres to install Internet Protocol CCTVs, which will be live streamed.
The move comes days after the media reported about the way kids in a centre in Kochi were badly treated by the lady who ran the day care. The lady was arrested after the visuals became public.
Inspector General of Police Manoj Abraham told IANS that the directive in this regard has been given to all the southern districts of Kerala which are under his control.
"But in the coming days, the police will direct it to the entire state. The whole idea has come after video clips started appearing in the social media about the way young kids in day care centres are being treated. We felt that if this method is adopted, parents and law enforcing authorities can view on mobiles what's happening in these centres," said Abraham.
He said that with the new academic season all set to start, even though no deadline has been given to these centres, they have been asked to set up the CCTVs at the earliest.
On the morning of May 23, police swooped on Kaliveedu Play School and Day Care Centre in Kochi, minutes after regional TV news channel Asianet News released footage of a woman staffer Mini beating a boy, who is reportedly one-and-a-half-years old. Kaliveedu is located in Palarivattom and works out of a house.
In the video, Mini can be seen shouting at the toddler who is sitting on a floor mat. "Why did you take this? Tell me why did you take this?" Mini can be heard asking the toddler, after which she repeatedly beats him with her hand.
(With IANS inputs)