Komal : A Film To Create Awareness Among School Children About Inappropriate Touch
Childhood is the primary stage of life. It knows no worry or anxiety, no good or evil. It is the period of both ignorance and innocence. Teachers, parents and all concerned adults, should all try to keep children safe from any kind of abuse. Within our different areas of responsibility, guided by policy, legislation and experience, we should take steps to provide what is best for children. One important step in this regard can be equipping and empowering children at the right age.
Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India had commissioned a short animated film (Komal) which has also won the national film award in the category of “best educational film” to create awareness among school children about inappropriate touch. This film is uploaded and available at CBSE youtube channel. The CBSE has informed schools vide Notification dated 24th October 2015 regarding this film before as well. The URLs on which this movie is available as under:
Komal (English) = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WyHuHspbjk
Komal (Hindi) = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf18D5hCMa8
The school may download the film or may stream it live from the links given above, preferably at the time of whole school assembly. It is expected that the schools will ensure that every child of the school views this instructive and informative film so that they are in a better position to help and protect not just themselves but also their friends in any such situation, if occurs.
Besides, this POCSO E-Box has been developed by NCPCR. POCSO E-Box facilitates for easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against children and by children themselves so that action offenders can be taken under POCSO Act, 2012. The schools are requested to take following steps/actions to popularize the E-Box on POCSO:
- Parents are made aware about the E-Box on POCSO and Child Abuse in Parent Teacher Meeting.
- Information on E-Box should be placed on notice board/school magazine/walls of the school.
- School counsellors should be made aware about the E-Box.
- Students should also be briefed about the E-Box during assemblies. Looking forward for valuable support in the endeavour.
Komal (Hindi) : Video
Komal (English) : Video