HYDERABAD: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Telangana on Friday launched a campaign against child sex abuse and called for zero tolerance against the menace for which it sought cooperation from parents and educational institutes.
A rally will be organised here on November 19 to highlight the issue in which more than 4,000 students are likely to participate at People’s Plaza and Jalavihar. Tennis Player Sania Mirza and Telangana DGP Anurag Sharma would flag off the rally.
Quoting an earlier report which stated that around 53.22 per cent girls and 49 per cent boys are sexually abused in different places in the state, Telangana DGP Anurag Sharma said that to prevent child sex abuse, the state CID is taking up special programmes to create awareness among school teachers, parents and children as well in Hyderabad and Cyberabad police commissionerates in the first phase.
Explaining about the programme, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), CID, Charu Sinha said that they would take up recruitment of counsellors who will be appointed in private and government schools to provide proper counselling to students and to create awareness among the child sex abuse.
‘’In the first phase, we hired 100 counsellors and they are being trained on how to counsel students and teachers as well on child sex abuse. We want to involve parents and teachers and general public in the programme to prevent child sex abuse cases,’’ Charu Sinha added.
The CID officials prepared some guidelines to parents, teachers and children. The important thing is to train children to speak in a way that they really mean with a firm voice and standing tall. It is also important to teach them about different places where they can run for help and safety.
‘’We prepared some tips to prevent sexual abuse. Set family safety for the children, don’t give anyone personal information about yourself like your name and address, it is never okay for grown ups or older kids to touch private body parts, except to keep you healthy and clean, if someone touches your private body parts and asks you to keep it a secret, tell someone about it right away, if the person does not believe you, tell someone else. Children like all of us, have a right to personal space and can declare who is and is not allowed to enter it,’’ Charu Sinha explained.