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CBSE schools to screen film on sexual abuse

Many schools in the Kolkata have already started to explain the students of primary section about ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’.

education Updated: Oct 26, 2015 19:11 IST
HT Correspondent
Explaining small children about sexual abuse subtly is a challenging task.
Explaining small children about sexual abuse subtly is a challenging task.(Agency photo)

With incidents of child sex abuse on the rise, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to make the kids aware of ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’ through films.

Through a notice issued to all the schools across the country the board has asked its schools to screen a national award-winning 10-minute short film ‘Komal’. The film deals with child sexual abuse.

Komal has been produced by the ministry of women and child development, made with support from Childline, and has won the national film award under the “best educational film” category.

The notification states that schools should ensure that every child views the “instructive and informative” film so that the students are better equipped to protect themselves and their friends if such a situation arises. Also the film would be used to help explain the students whom they should approach for help if faced with such a situation.

Many schools in the Kolkata have already started to explain the students of primary section about ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’. “We have been explaining the children about ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’ in a subtle manner. It is an ongoing process and is being done almost every day. From today (October 16) we are closed for puja holiday. Once we reopen, we will be arranging for screening of the short film,” said Anindita Chatterjee, principal of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Salt Lake. “They can fight back and protect themselves only if they are aware. Hence the lessons on ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’ are extremely important,” she said.

Sushila Birla Girls’ School has already been screening the film for some time now. “Even before the notification arrived we have started screening Komal. It is extremely important to explain the kids about child sex abuse by maintaining a fine balance. Explaining small children about sexual abuse subtly is a challenging task. And a film like this helps immensely,” said Sharmila Bose, principal of the school.