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Anti-abuse counselling programme proposed for school girls

Anti-abuse counselling programme for school Girls

With a view to protecting girls from abuse, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed a counselling programme for school girls to help them differentiate between a "good" and "bad" touch.

The programme 'Syani Bitiya Rani Bitiya' has been proposed as part of the civic body's new budget.

"Apart from initiating measures like installing CCTVs and appointing security guards this financial year, we have planned a special sensitisation programme for girls studying in our schools to enable them to differentiate between a good touch and bad touch," NDMC Public Relation's Officer Yogendra Singh Mann said.

The programme, officials said, will be organised by the education department in partnership with NGOs like Plan and SARD (Society for All Round Development).

"The NGOs themselves will provide counsellors and psychologists to these girls to make them aware of people's tactile behaviour towards them. With cases of children abuse being reported, the programme will help them to respond to potentially dangerous situations," Mann said.

As per the budget, there are plans on the anvil to install CCTV cameras for enhanced security at these schools with an outlay of Rs 300 lakh for the purpose. Apart from security, better infrastructure for municipality-run schools have also been proposed.

"Rs 500 for each primary student is proposed for buying uniform, shoes and socks. Efforts are also on to increase the sum given to nursery students to Rs 500 from the current Rs 310," NDMC Standing Committee Chairman, Mohan Bhardwaj had said yesterday during his budget speech.


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