She brings it with her to school every day. She keeps it hidden on the torn few pages of her notebook. She revisits it during her break and sometimes in the middle of her class. Every time, her teacher asks ‘Did you eat today? Or How are things at home?’, she wants to scream, but she can barely talk. Her teacher is good to her, she would understand but Rani worries about the shame it would bring to her and her family. Will anyone else believe her? What if her father pulls her out of school?
In Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu, in a small village school, after a session conducted on child safety, a 13-year-old student wrote a letter to her teacher. As part of the ‘Our Safety, Our Rights’ teachers are equipped with training and material to help students identify abuse and empower them to report it. Rani’s* letter read of instances of repeated abuse by her stepfather. She was often tied up and sexually abused. She once told her mother about it, who despite her best attempts was unable to stop the father.
That day Rani finally broke the silence and spoke up to her teacher. With her teacher’s assistance, she reported it to the Child Welfare Committee. She was rescued and is now in a safe home continuing her studies. Her father is being prosecuted.
However, many like Rani* continue to suffer in silence.
Help us reach them.
Over 100 children suffered child sexual abuse each day – National Crime Records Bureau, 2018
How does Our Safety, Our Rights Work?
- Selection – Listing local partners and schools based on a needs-assessment
- Training – Residential training of teachers on child rights, POCSO and other laws and reporting
- Empowerment – Toolkits, manuals and material provided to teachers to empower their classrooms
- Advocacy – Supported by Amnesty India, teachers engage with State departments, district level Police units, Child Welfare Committee, District Child Protection Units etc. to build stronger safety systems
*The story is a retelling of a case encountered reported from one of the schools. The name of the child has been changed to protect her identity. The quote is not directly by the child and is presented here to help the reader understand some common instances of abuse.
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