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Sexual harassment- CBSE directs all the affiliated schools to screen Komal animation movie.

Shrivibhavana

 

Bengaluru: Increasing incidents of sexual harassment, abuse and the violence against children have made the parents be on their tenterhook always. No place is safe for our kids except their homes. Educating the children about the sexual harassment has become the primary responsibility of every parent.

 

Childhood is the period of both ignorance and innocence. It is a duty of the teachers, parents and all the concerned to keep children from all the type of abuse. Thus schools should take steps to empower and educate the child. But teaching the sexual education-related issues to the students in the classroom is not an easy task. Communicating the ideas behind the sex education, concepts are really tough tasks. The best way is communicating the ideas through films or music. Film `Komal’ is the ideal film which can be screened in the classrooms to spread an awareness of POCSO.

 

What is POCSO act?: to deal with child sexual abuse cases, the Government has brought in a special law, namely, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.  Act has come into force with effect from 14th November 2012. 

 

The POCSO Act, 2012 is a comprehensive law to provide for the protection of children from the offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography, while safeguarding the interests of the child at every stage of the judicial process by incorporating child-friendly mechanisms for reporting, recording of evidence, investigation and speedy trial of offences through designated Special Courts.

 

The  act defines a child as any person below eighteen years of age, and defines different forms of sexual abuse, including penetrative and non-penetrative assault, as well as sexual harassment and pornography, and deems a sexual assault to be “aggravated” under certain circumstances, such as when the abused child is mentally ill or when the abuse is committed by a person in a position of trust or authority vis-à-vis the child, like a family member, police officer, teacher, or doctor. People who traffick children for sexual purposes are also punishable under the provisions relating to abetment in the said Act. The said Act prescribes stringent punishment graded as per the gravity of the offence, with a maximum term of rigorous imprisonment for life, and fine.  In keeping with the best international child protection standards, the said Act also provides for mandatory reporting of sexual offences. This casts a legal duty upon a person who has knowledge that a child has been sexually abused to report the offence; if he fails to do so, he may be punished with six months? imprisonment and/ or a fine.

 

According to the POCSO act, the police in the role of child protectors during the investigative process. Thus, the police personnel receiving a report of sexual abuse of a child are given the responsibility of making urgent arrangements for the care and protection of the child, such as obtaining emergency medical treatment for the child and placing the child in a shelter home, should the need arise. The police are also required to bring the matter to the attention of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) within 24 hours of receiving the report, so the CWC may then proceed where required to make further arrangements for the safety and security of the child.   It also akes provisions for the medical examination of the child in a manner designed to cause as little distress as possible. The examination is to be carried out in the presence of the parent or other person whom the child trusts, and in the case of a female child, by a female doctor

 

These are the few highlights of this act. But communicating these provisions of the law definitely a tough job for the teachers and the school managements. Keeping these issues in mind, the CBSE has directed all the schools to screen KOMAL movie in all the classes.

 

Komal is an animation film on child sexual abuse and it teach the children to keep away themselves from such situation. This film won the National Award 2015 in the category of  Best Educational Film.  Komal film is released by Childline India and  covers sensitive topics like child abuse.  It educates how a child should protect itself from the sexual abuse. This film has also won the FICCI Best Animate Frames (BAF) award under the Animated Short Film- Professional category.

 

This film focuses on safe and unsafe touch that children should be aware.  Komal a seven year old girl is a main character in this film and she is abused by her father’s friend.  The film tried to focus what happens after revealing the real fact.

 

It is a 10 minute long video and it concentrates on the abuse of both boys and girls. It can be watched in 12 regional languages and can be viewed on the Youtube channel of childline. Meanwhile, it educates parents, teachers and children in the society.  Schools can take initiatives to screen this movie to educate the children.

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