Earlier this week, Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin revealed that she was abused as a child.
That was followed right after by news of a serial child molester being caught in Bandra. The incidents are sure to get parents thinking about measures to keep their children safe.
We ask the mums and dads in Bollywood about what precautions they take on a daily basis. They should know what’s a bad touch: Raveena Tandon
"I have two children, Rasha, nine, and Ranbirvardhan, six. They have been brought up in a protected-yet-free environment. Both Anil (Thadani, husband) and I have spoken to them like friends, making it easier for them to communicate with us. The best way to prevent child abuse is to have an open relationship. That means spending time with them, letting them know you care and, above all, listening to what they have to say. You must also ensure they know the difference between a good touch and a bad touch. I also ensure that when they are out, they are either accompanied by me or someone known and trusted by us." I was a victim of child abuse… I told my mother: Pooja Bedi
"It is very important to be clear with kids; to tell them it’s not their fault. In many cases, kids feel guilty, and think that they’ve brought it upon themselves. I was a victim of abuse by my stepfather; he had molested me when I was kid. I told my mother instantly. My kids have also always been told to talk openly about such things. They would not hesitate to tell me if someone tried anything funny with them. My kids are 14 and 16 years old, but earlier, too, when they would go out, they would have their own car and driver. My daughter also has her own mobile phone, so I request for regular updates about where she is and what she is doing. Most of my household help also consists of women, since I am a single mom." You need to be open with your kids: Suniel Shetty
"A lot of discussion is needed on the issue. You need to be open with your kids, so they know they can come to you with any problem. Athiya (22) and Ahaan (18) both went to American schools, and the system of education there is such that they are very expressive. We have always had my parents or Mana (Suniel’s wife) around at any given time. Even now, Athiya has her security and help with her. If they (the kids) are out, they keep us informed of their whereabouts; I’ve told them if they have anything, like a cold drink, never to leave it unattended." My trustworthy maid accompanied them: Juhi Chawla
"When my children were younger (her daughter is now 13, and son, 11), I always had a trustworthy maid accompany them everywhere they went. I had told the maid that she should always keep an eye on them. I had once seen someone’s kid alone with the driver in a car, and I didn’t like that." We have cameras in our kids’ room: Warda Nadiadwala
"We have cameras in our kids’ (she has two boys, aged five and 11) room, and will now install them in their cars too. We have spoken to them about talking to strangers, and being aware of things. I never ever leave my children with the help, and always have a family member around."
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