Inchara Foundation in association with Rotary Mangalore and other like minded organisations, on Tuesday launched a new initiative— ‘Project Angel’ to promote awareness and prevention against violation of Child Rights, with special emphasis on child sexual abuse.
Launching the initiative, Minister for Forests, ecology and environment B Ramanath Rai said the incidents of child sexual abuse is a shame on the society.
“Children are like God and why can't be like them? Why do we lose our sensitivity?”' he asked. “The increasing cases of child sexual abuse indicate that we have lost our sensitivity. All the citizens have a collective responsibility to build a healthy society.”
Roshni Nilaya School of Social Work MSW department Dean Prof Ramila Shekhar said that many a time sexual abuses on children did not come to light. Unfortunately, the victims of such abuse often do not even know what sexual abuse is. Stating that preventive programme is the need of the hour, she said that schools must allow open discussion on sexual abuse and the awareness on the abuse should be started right from Kindergarten. The tiny tots should be taught to distinguish between good touch and bad touch.
Inchara Foundation Executive Director Preetam Rodrigues said the aims is to reach around three lakh primary and high school students, their teachers and parents in Dakshina Kannada district in the first phase. It is designed for kids, parents and teachers to raise their awareness about the prevention of child sexual abuse, to educate them on how to recognise the warning signs and to provide information on POCSO Act and helpline.
Roshni Nilaya Principal Sophia N Fernandez presided over the programme. Inchara Foundation Chairman Wazir Ahmed and Rotary Club Mangalore President Dijaraj Nair were present.