To equip children with information regarding the possible modes of protection/ complaints, the Ministry of Women and Child Development requested the Ministry of Human Resource Development and National Council Of Educational Research And Training (NCERT) to publish the information regarding Childline (1098) – 24×7 Helpline for kids =and POCSO E-box on the backside of the front cover of all the course books from class 6 to class 12.
Last year, in a telephonic discussion, Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi had requested HRD minister Prakash Javadekar to popularise POCSO e-Box and Childline 1098 through NCERT publications, screening of educational films on child sexual abuse in the schools and having strict norms for employing the support staff.
Through these course books, the information is expected to reach approximately 26 crore school students in 15 lakh schools. NCERT was advised there may be chapter in social science regarding the issues mentioned above. The narrative may continue till class 12 for having a reasonable impact on young minds. The information will not reach these children but is about to stay with them on daily basis. As a result, it is expected the kids will be more aware and may use the Child Helpline or POCSO E-box in case of distress. Easy accessibility of this information in the hand of kids themselves may deter prospective abusers, at least to a reasonable extent.
The information in the form of these books will be available to 10 lakh teachers teaching through NCERT books along with the family members and to caregivers of these children.
Childline (1098 – 24*7 Helpline for children) services
CHILDLINE 1098 is a national 24-hour toll free emergency phone service for children in distress. The Helpline for Children is currently operational in 412 locations across the country. Childline received 1.45 crore calls during April 2016-March 2017 and more than 78 lakh calls during April -November 2017. The Childline provides assistance to children in distress either by way of tele-counselling or physical rescue.
POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) E-box
POCSO e-Box is an online complaint management system for easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against children and timely action against and timely action against the offenders under POCSO Act 2012. POCSO e-Box was launched in New Delhi on August 26 in 2016.
Link of the POCSO e-Box is : http://www.ncpcr.gov.in/user_complaints.php