THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights(KeSCPCR) has directed that Wakf organisations keeping children in custody or offering religious education should be registered under the Section 35 of the 1995 Wakf Rules before the Wakf Board, in addition to its legal registration as per the government rules. Those organizations failing to ensure proper registration, will face criminal prosecution.
The directive was issued by the commission full bench comprising its chairperson Shobha Koshy and members K Nazeer and Meena C U. In case of children being subjected to corporal punishment, the commission has directed to register police complaints. The action taken report in this regard is expected to reach the commission within a month.
The caretakers and madrasa teachers at institutions under the Wakf Board should be offered classes on child rights and child protection rules. To get expert training services for such classes, Wakf Board chief executive officer should give direction to all muthawallis, the commission held. At madrasas, the Wakf Board should direct the muthawallis to ensure that no child is physically punished and in case of such incident, stringent action should be taken, the commission held.