U.P. Police Initiative: ‘Shakti Didi’ drive to educate young girls on safety & cybersecurity - Hindustan Times
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U.P. Police Initiative: ‘Shakti Didi’ drive to educate young girls on safety & cybersecurity

Sep 23, 2023 05:12 PM IST

Women and Child Security Organisation has collaborated with the national children’s rights organisation, Plan India, to provide Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials for distribution in schools.

LUCKNOW The Women and Child Security Organisation (WCSO) wing of the U.P. Police launched the ‘Shakti Didi’ campaign this week, which entails women inspectors and sub-inspectors in every district raising awareness among young girls about women’s safety and cyber security.

Police officers from 68 districts of U.P. attended the launch of the ‘Shakti Didi’ campaign at the U.P. Police 112 headquarters. (HT Photo)
Police officers from 68 districts of U.P. attended the launch of the ‘Shakti Didi’ campaign at the U.P. Police 112 headquarters. (HT Photo)

The ‘Shakti Didi’ campaign will focus on students from classes 6th to 8th across over 68 districts. Trained officers will visit schools over the upcoming months to educate students on topics such as appropriate touch, inappropriate touch, street safety, and online security.

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Additionally, WCSO has collaborated with the national children’s rights organisation, Plan India, to provide Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials for distribution in schools. This initiative is spearheaded by Ruchita Chaudhury, Superintendent of Police, WCSO.

These materials have been produced in the form of posters to be displayed in schools, guiding children on how to stay vigilant regarding cyber security and preventing sexual harassment. In the initial rollout, 10,500 posters have been printed and disseminated across the 68 districts.

Sudhir Kumar Rai, technical lead at Plan India, mentioned that the content for these materials received approval from the Basic Education Department, and helpline numbers were included on the posters based on the department’s suggestion.

For the campaign launch event at the U.P. Police 112 Headquarters, each district sent five police officials. These officers participated in a Training for Trainers (TOT) program where they were briefed on how to communicate with children regarding topics like cyber safety, appropriate touch, and inappropriate touch.

Subsequently, they will return to their respective districts to train their colleagues, the Shakti Didis, before commencing school visits to engage with students. Chaudhury said, “An initial meeting took place in August, involving seven police commissionerates in the planning stage. Later, we decided to expand the launch and involve more police officers to expedite the fieldwork by the Shakti Didis.”

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