With the rising incidents of sexual abuse with girl school students, the Punjab Government has started an awareness campaign in the Schools across Punjab. Girls students will be told about the ‘ Good touch’ and ‘ Bad touch’. On the advice of Punjab Women Commission, the Schools’ heads have been directed to hold counseling camp once in a month with the help of NGOs or social activists. Schools have been asked to place complaint boxes at a comfortable place in the Schools and submit reports every month. To protect from sexual abuse, 'good touch -bad touch' training to girls students circular has been issued to all the Schools across Punjab through all the District Education Officers in this regard. Seeing the rising number of incidents of sexual abuse with girl students, especially minority students, a meeting of the Women Commission with Education Board was held, last month. In the meeting, some important decisions were taken in which to provide the counseling to the girl students about the kind of touches by persons surrounding her in the schools or in society. Schools have been directed to teach the students about the cyber crimes. It has been told to ensure complaint boxes on each floor, preferably on toilets, so that the students can come forward with fear. To protect from sexual abuse, 'good touch -bad touch' training to girls students. According to directions, the Schools will send a monthly report to the DEOs and to Punjab State Women Commission twice in a year. Notable there are 6.46 lacs girl students in School across the State from 6th to 12th class. An official source from the PSEB told that two seminars have been organized in Amritsar and Chandigarh for teachers to train them for new circumstances, in this regard. As per the Government of India, child sexual offenses often go unreported because of social stigma and lack of awareness. Government schoolchildren are considered to be the most vulnerable, at both school and home.
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