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'Safety for small kids in schools' workshop held by Police administration at Power Grid Town Ship in Sector-43, Gurgaon
Gurgaon Police organized a 'Safety for children in schools' workshop for public awareness at Sector 43 in PowerGrid township on Wednesday. This workshop was initiated by DCP East Nazneen Bhasin. Police Commissioner Alok Mittal said that communication with the children is important and reporting abuse incidents against small kids timely must also be done so that such heinous crimes can be kept under check.

Small kids under the age of 14 years are being physically, mentally and sexually abused a lot even in the schools. This has become a serious threat for the administration. On Wednesday, Nazneen Bhasin DCP East started an initiative for making people in Gurgaon aware against the exploitation of small children in schools. Considering the importance of the issue, child experts, psychologists, citizens and NGOs working in this direction took part in this workshop in a large number. During this seminar, focus was also towards the children who are victimized by their relatives or people known to them.

Addressing the meeting, Police Commissioner Alok Mittal said, ''We need to generate such environment at schools, homes and our neighborhood that small kids especially between the ages of 0-14 years can share the unexpected behavior by any stranger with their parents and teachers. They should be educated about the negative perception at very early age so that they can recognize these incident. Along with administration's efforts, public participation is very important to deal with this problem.''

He further added that we also need to have an open communication with our children so that they do not hesitate in revealing the unruly behavior by their relatives and friends. He also hoped that the workshop have a positive impact and help in reforming the present condition.

Apart from this, a presentation on safety measures such as security the premises, safeguards at entry or exit of schools, safeguards during school bus travel, installing CCTVs and adequate lighting, ensuring role of vigilance officers, safety officers, role of school counselor and verification of antecedents who interact with the school children, irrespective of gender. By adopting such measures, undesired incidents was also shown at the occasion.

Child psychologist Dr. Sen said, ''About 22 per cent children are found under clinical depression due as they are raised in an protected atmosphere. That's why they suffered from emotional development. Both boys and girls are victimized by such incidents. Here both parents and school teachers can play an important role to overcome such unbearable circumstances.''

Interacting with the teachers, parents presented in the seminar, Nazneen Bhasin DCP East, said, ''We are holding public awareness workshops to sort out this issue in the entire city. Principals are responsible for the safekeeping of children. Meanwhile parents have also responsibility towards their children. They can easily recognize the state of the child and can report to police. It will really help a lot in taking an effective action timely.''

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