In India teaching sex education is well ignored as it is considered wrong by the society. At least one child is sexually abused in every 15 minutes, while the other cases are still unreported. Why does it happen to children a lot? It can be answered with ease, as they are unaware of the situation and they rarely can figure it out as wrong.
How long the country will still be hearing the horrific cases just like the one in Aligarh where a 2-year-old was raped, tortured and beaten to death ,more recently a 8-year-old was raped in Bhopal. This is more likely to repeat if the children of the country remain vulnerable and what makes them vulnerable is the unawareness.
The Prevention of Children from Sexual Offenses Act passed in 2012 is not enough to protect our children. The only solution is to teach the young to protect themselves from the unforeseen crimes.
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Radhika Mittal is the Director of the NGO Super School India, who is on her way to teach the young for their protection towards the sexual abuse.
Radhika said “Sex education addresses the concerns of molestation and sexual assault, and also helps older children understand what their rights are for when they enter relationships”
She also explained how her team Super School India teaches sex education. She was driven by the Government’s initiation to teach children ‘good touch, bad touch’ but this is so minimal to educate the young she said.
To teach the children the NGO is using puppet shows, audio-visual usage (videos of Komal, Amir Khan in Satyamev Jayate) colouring books that highlight the 4 no-go areas and putting them up in class rooms and bathrooms.
They also educate the young about:
Menstruation, banishing myths, and menstrual hygiene
Attraction and healthy love
Safe and unsafe touch
Sexual harassment laws, helpline channels