With the increasing number of child abuse cases being reported from the state, the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) in Pathanamthitta has come up with a project to ensure the protection of home alone kids during the vacation. The project titled 'Naattiloru Koottu' targets to ensure protection to the children of working parents. 
 

The kids of working parents will be housed at a nearby Anganwadi where they will be safe. The main target is tribal children, whose parents usually go to work during daytime and cannot afford private facilities. "In most tribal houses children will be alone at home during day time. Though there will be people next door, considering recent incidents we felt it better to ensure security to children. There are no day care facilities, and these people can't afford one," Pathanamthitta DCPO A O Abeen said. 
 

DCPO is planning to rope in Kudumbashree workers to find out such children. "Students of Classes IX and X will be given charge of security of smaller kids. The Anganwadi workers will also be there to ensure security," he said. 
 

Children will be engaged in various activities like story telling, singing and other creative activities. 
 

Kudumbashree workers have already visited colonies in Edayaranmula colony and Naranammoozhy panchayat to identify home alone kids. 
 

"Cases of sexual abuse of children are being reported on a daily basis. Chances of falling prey to drug addiction are also high in these settlements. In most cases, neighbours and relatives are the culprits. It has become a need of the hour to ensure security to children, irrespective of the gender of the child," assistant tribal development officer M Mallika said.