The government plans to set up video evidence collection centers in all provinces of the country in a short period of time to collect evidence from children providing testimonies related to child abuse cases.
This will be done with the aim of alleviating the stress and inconvenience that child witnesses face when giving evidence in court, said Piyal Nishantha, State Minister of Women and Child Development, of Preschool and Primary Education, School Infrastructure and Educational Services.
As a first step in the expansion of the island-wide video evidence collection centers currently operated exclusively by the Child Protection Authority, a new video evidence recording center was established yesterday in Lama Piyasa of Ragama Rehabilitation Hospital affiliated with Colombo North University Hospital, the ministry’s media unit said.
Minister of State Piyal Nishantha, after signing the Memorandum of Understanding on the above, said that steps will be taken to set up nine such centers in the country’s nine provinces within a very short time frame in the aim to alleviate the stress and inconvenience of witnessing children in abuse cases before the courts.
He also said that through the division and district development committees, the ministry has taken steps to obtain a report on the progress of efforts to prevent child abuse.