Kerala government will launch a registry of sex offenders, the first of its kind in the country, Governor Justice (Retd) P Sathasivam said in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.
“It will be the first in the country,” he added. The registry will contain all identification details of sex offenders and would be kept in public domain.
Addressing the opening day of the fourth session of the Kerala Assembly, the governor said that the government will set up a relief for the sex crime survivors.
The announcement came days after a Malayalam actor was abducted and allegedly molested in a moving car while travelling to a dubbing studio in Kochi.
“Though the Nirbhaya Cell under the Department of Social Justice has been functioning commendably in the state, Kerala lacked a comprehensive victim relief fund. Although some of the victims get some amount of money, the relief due to them for the damages they suffer are delayed due to this shortcoming,” The Governor said.
Government will set up a comprehensive victim relief fund to provide interim relief for victims of sex crimes, both children and adults,” he added.
The government also will set up all women police stations at the taluk levels and will make it mandatory for a lady police officer to visit every panchayat on a pre-announced date and time.