Published: 12th February 2018
Poems about good and bad touch distributed free to kids in West Bengal
The book that translates to 'Shout at the top of your voice' tells kids how to distinguish between good and bad touch and what to do if things get out of hand
A child rights body of the West Bengal government has brought out a book of poems in Bengali to educate spread awareness among the children about 'good touch' and 'bad touch'. The book of poems, titled "Chenchiye Para Maat Karo" (Shout at the top of your voice), has been distributed free of cost among children of both genders who visited the West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBSCPCR) stall at the International Kolkata Book Fair.
"We thought such poems can be used as tools in houses and schools to alert children about sexual misconduct," WBSCPCR Chairperson Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti said. One of the poems, when loosely translated, reads: If someone touches you improperly/ Cuddles you unfairly/ Never keep that a secret as these are wrong acts/ Share everything with your parents, your elder sister.
Child abuse has been reported from some schools in the state since December 2017. The book was launched on Thursday at the Book Fair which concluded on Sunday. She said the book got a great response from the children who visited the stall accompanied by their families. Now, the WBSCPCR plans to send the book to schools all over the state. "We will chalk out a detailed programme and modalities in this regard," Chatterjee Chakraborti added.