To create awareness among schoolchildren, university students and officegoers, the women's wing of Gurgaon Police, along with lawyers, is carrying out workshops on the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
To create awareness among schoolchildren, university students and officegoers, the women's wing of Gurgaon Police, along with lawyers, is carrying out workshops on Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Gurgaon Police started this awareness programme just this week to help prevent cases of sexual abuse among children and adults, and also provide legal help to victims. The sessions provide guidance on the legal process, starting with the reporting of the crime.
During the two-hour workshops, participants are shown videos and informed about the POCSO Act and its enforcement.
The session is followed by an interactive question-answer round.
Right now, sessions have been conducted at a few government schools, Gyan Devi Senior Secondary Public School and also KR Mangalam University.
Plans are on to include all Gurgaon schools under the initiative’s ambit. In corporate set-ups, women will be informed about their rights and how to deal with sexual advances.
Speaking about the initiative, police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said, "Prevention of sexual crimes against children is priority for us. It can be tackled only through awareness. We want children, teens, adults, the female workforce — basically everybody — to understand what sexual abuse or sexual harassment entails, and how one can prevent it. But most importantly, how to report it in case a crime has been committed.”
To this, Pankhuri Kumar, ACP, crime against women (CAW), Gurgaon, added, “Prevention is better than cure. And to prevent such sensitive crimes, the need to communicate with children and adults, and create awareness among them is a must.”