At a time when crimes against women have more than doubled over the past ten years, schools in Chandigarh to give education to students on how to legally file a sexual harassment case. This comes in response to a petition seeking the security of students in the city schools, district education officer (DEO) Rajinder Kaur directed all UT schools to follow instructions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
The school tutors are asked to create awareness among students regarding such acts. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has launched an online POSCO button which is to increase the reach of the commission and monitoring any such instance of sexual offences against children faster than before. It enables the child to register- her/his complaint by visiting the commission’s website (www.ncpcr.gov.in) and click on the POCSO e-button.
According to the NCPCR, child sexual offence (CSA) is a sensitive matter, which often goes unreported under a stigma and lack of awareness. The directive further states that online registration of grievances pertaining to the sexual offence committed against the child should be eased.
This also comes in the wake of multiple incidents of sexual harassment cases in the schools in past four-five years.