Noida kids educated on good touch, bad touch
The children were shown an animated educational short film, by which they were taught about ‘bad touch’ and ‘good touch’, to make them understand the abuse they are prone to at their age.noida Updated: Jul 08, 2017 17:16 IST
Around 50 children from Nithari village attended a workshop on sexual abuse on Sunday in order to identify, understand and report sexual offences against them, their siblings or friends.
The children, aged from five years to 15 years, were taught about the various nuances of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act so that they could report about sexual molestation to the authorities concerned and their parents, at the earliest, without any hesitation.
“Usually, it is seen that sexual abuse of children begins from their household, wherein an elderly relative or a neighbour or landlord’s son is involved in the act. Due to family or external pressure, many hesitate to report the incident to their parents. Even if they do, the matter is suppressed by the parents due to social taboo,” said Vimlesh Sharma, president, Society for Sports and Cultural Advancement, which organised the workshop.
The children were also shown an animated educational short film, by which they were taught about ‘bad touch’ and ‘good touch’, to make them understand the abuse they are prone to at their age.
“The film, through means of cartoons, depicted different types of touch that are good and bad. We taught the kids that there are five spots in their body where only their mother should touch. If anyone else touches them at those spots, they should immediately report it to their parents. Likewise, these kids will also share their experience with their peers and more kids can understand the intricacies of sexual abuse,” said Rajeshwari Tyagrajan, vice-president, Society for Sports and Cultural Advancement.
In 2012, the Indian Parliament passed the POCSO Act, under which even touch and non-touch behaviour have been included in the ambit of sexual abuse. Various sections, such as 375,376,377 and 67, of the Indian Penal Code have been included in this Act to crack down on paedophiles and child abusers.
According to National Crime Records Bureau statistics, a total of 14,913 cases of sexual abuse against children were registered across India in 2015, among which Uttar Pradesh was leading with 3,078 cases.
Experts believe that reporting a sexual crime against a child to competent authorities is equally important after identifying it. “We also trained the children to call 1098 and report details of sexual abuse because, at times, parents try to suppress the crime,” said Sharma.
The children also showed interest in the workshop and said that they were able to identify various acts as sexual abuse which they did not think of in the past. “We came to know about good touch and bad touch and how we should be careful when an elderly person touches us,” said Suman Kumari, of Nithari village.