Experts say children continue to grasp societal and social behaviour during their formative years and may not be very well versed with what is acceptable behaviour and what isn’t. They need to be taught several things to ensure they remain safe, they add.

Data about rising cases of sexual abuse of children in their houses and classrooms and by relatives and friends also stress the importance of teaching children the difference between safe and unsafe touch from an early age.

A report by NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) based on the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data revealed that more than 99 per cent of crimes registered under the POCSO Act in 2020 were against girls. This report released in October 2021 also highlighted minors continued to be one of the most vulnerable groups being targeted in sexual assault cases.

Safe Touch Training

Dipsing Chauhan, one of our field activists, conducted training on Safe Touch. The training was for children from standards 5 to 8, in Bharel village (Anand district).