Monday, January 26, 2015

“Girl child must grow up in the company of parents’- emphasized by Gramium P.Narayanan.



National Girl Child Day observed;  Akkam Pakkam short film poster released by Dignitaries

“Girl child must grow up in the company of parents’- emphasized by Gramium P.Narayanan while speaking on the occasion of the observance of National Girl Child Day in Chennai. National Girl Child Day was observed by Indian Community Welfare Organisation (ICWO) at the Jeevana Jothi Hall in Chennai. A 30-minute film titled “Akkam Pakkam”, produced by a Karur based NGO, Gramium.This film describes” the warning to parents and public at large how their girl children could be sexually abused by the strangers and neighbours and gives a message to parents to listen to their girl children what do they want to say; and it would prevent them from strangers and other relatives those have proximity to girl children which to prevent sex abuse on the girls children. Ahalya, a primary school child is the center of attention of Akkam Pakkam short film; she had been abused by a neighbor, a married young man as Child Ahalya’s parents leave the child at the care of this married young man, their neighbour to take care of their child, and go for outing. The parents also often scuffle each other in the presence of the child Ahalya. The unreliable neighbor abuses the child and consequently he kills the child Ahalya. Towards the end of film the police killed the culprit neighbor in an encounter. S Gomathinayagam, additional advocate general, Madras High Court, appealed the society at large take care of their girl child and the parents are protect the child from all sorts of abuses from the surroundings. The teachers should not beat up the child and it is sad to know that some teachers are also accused of abusing girl children of the Primary level schools too. Hariharan of Community Welfare Organisation (ICWO) mentioned,
"National girl child day is celebrated every year on 24th of January since 2008 as a national observance day for the girl child. The purpose of this day is to focus attention on the depleting female to male ratio and take a stand on issues of female foeticide, domestic violence and malnutrition in children.
It is celebrated to increase the awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by the girl child in the society, which includes many areas like inequality in education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, protection, honour, elimination of child marriage.prevention of sexual abuse  and so many".Hariharan congratulated Gramium Narayanan for bring out a short film on the message of prevention of sexual abuse of young girl children,titled "Akkam Pakkam".P Narayanan, director of Gramium, expressed that the boarding schools should take optimum care for girl children and avoid the risk of abuse. “It is important that a child must grow up in the company of parents.The girl child  must be given equal treatments and opportunities from the very beginning” to expand the opportunities for them.National Girl Child Day observance would increase the consciousness of the people on taking care of girl child and offer new opportunities to the girl child in the society and  remove all the inequalities faced by the girl children in our society and to  ensure that the girl children are getting their all the human rights in the country and to propagate the gender equality among people in India". Gramium P.Narayanan said. S Guna directed this short film and ends it with to differentiate between the right and wrong touch.P Selvi, advocate, High Court of Madras.Sadagoppan, secretary, Vidhyaa NGO, Esther Maria Selvam, regional manager, Action Aid, and Leelavathi, Social Welfare Officer, participated in this program. The social activist/Advocate Madurai Manoharan appreciated the efforts of Indian Community Welfare Organisation as headed by Hariharan, for observing the  National Girl Child Day and also for giving space on this occasion for screening “Akkam Pakkam”.-Govin

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