The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) is all set to launch a mobile app in a bid to teach school children on countering sexual abuse threats. The app also aims create awareness among children about the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO).
A reputed school in South Kolkata, witnessed the alleged rape of a kindergarten student. Since the incident, sexual abuse has become a widely discussed topic in the state. The incident has generated widespread outrage and raised questions on the safety of schoolchildren in schools. In another recently incident, another teacher of a well-known school was arrested for sexually assaulting a student. Though the parents had lodged a complaint in September, the arrest was made only recently.
Speaking to The Hindu, Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti, the chairperson of the WBCPCR, said that the app will consist of a quiz concerning what a child should do when facing the threat of sexual abuse. “With the app, the school children will get to answer multiple choice questions regarding what to do, whom to lodge a complaint to if someone tries to sexually abuse them,” she said.
The app is inspired by the online game of the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called ‘Against All Odds’. The UNHCR game is designed for children of seven years and above. The aim is to create awareness among refugee children on facing persecution and the process to seek asylum. The app is expected to be launched within a couple of months.