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Drive against sexual abuse of slum children

By City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, Aug 21 - Abhinandan Foundation, a group of children from slum areas of the city, recently organised a series of awareness meetings on child sexual abuse among children in different slum areas of the city.

The programme was organised in collaboration with World Vision India and Assam Autism Foundation.

According to the organisers, the campaign covered around 650 children aged between 7 and 18, along with their parents. As part of the campaign, awareness meetings were organised at slum areas located at Bhaskar Nagar, Bamunimaidam, Kalinagar, Narengi, Patharquarry, Uzanbazar, Solapara and 2-No Ganeshpur.

Elaborating on the campaign, founder of Abhinandan Foundation Chiranjit Chakravarty said, �Our aim is to end child sexual abuse in slum areas of Guwahati. The campaign is only a small effort, as in the coming days we will put in our best to eliminate the social evil. The aim of the campaign is to create mass awareness at the ground level. For this we have used various methods, including art demonstrations to make children aware of �safe touch� and �bad touch�.�

Chiranjit said that he and his team have been facing lots of challenges in carrying out the campaign. �We are happy because the participants at every awareness meet expressed their satisfaction with our efforts,� he added.

Dr Shabina Ahmed, director of Assam Autism Foundation, while taking part in the campaign said that community mobilisation and awareness amongst students, teachers and parents is the best way to reduce child sexual abuse cases in society.

�We believe that violence against children is a violation of basic human and child rights. Sexual abuse affects the survival, health and education of a victim child. With intentional sensitisation among the children, parents and other stakeholders, we can protect the children�s lives from violence and abuses,� said Chonchon Luithui, programme manager, World Vision India, while taking part in the programme.

Meanwhile, Abhinandan Foundation is now planning to start a study on street children of the city.

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Drive against sexual abuse of slum children

GUWAHATI, Aug 21 - Abhinandan Foundation, a group of children from slum areas of the city, recently organised a series of awareness meetings on child sexual abuse among children in different slum areas of the city.

The programme was organised in collaboration with World Vision India and Assam Autism Foundation.

According to the organisers, the campaign covered around 650 children aged between 7 and 18, along with their parents. As part of the campaign, awareness meetings were organised at slum areas located at Bhaskar Nagar, Bamunimaidam, Kalinagar, Narengi, Patharquarry, Uzanbazar, Solapara and 2-No Ganeshpur.

Elaborating on the campaign, founder of Abhinandan Foundation Chiranjit Chakravarty said, �Our aim is to end child sexual abuse in slum areas of Guwahati. The campaign is only a small effort, as in the coming days we will put in our best to eliminate the social evil. The aim of the campaign is to create mass awareness at the ground level. For this we have used various methods, including art demonstrations to make children aware of �safe touch� and �bad touch�.�

Chiranjit said that he and his team have been facing lots of challenges in carrying out the campaign. �We are happy because the participants at every awareness meet expressed their satisfaction with our efforts,� he added.

Dr Shabina Ahmed, director of Assam Autism Foundation, while taking part in the campaign said that community mobilisation and awareness amongst students, teachers and parents is the best way to reduce child sexual abuse cases in society.

�We believe that violence against children is a violation of basic human and child rights. Sexual abuse affects the survival, health and education of a victim child. With intentional sensitisation among the children, parents and other stakeholders, we can protect the children�s lives from violence and abuses,� said Chonchon Luithui, programme manager, World Vision India, while taking part in the programme.

Meanwhile, Abhinandan Foundation is now planning to start a study on street children of the city.