India teaches children about good and bad touches

Schoolgirls in Ranchi, in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, holding a silent protest in May against the rape of two teenage girls in the Chatra and Pakur districts. Rape is often used as a tool to force women into submission in the patriarchal Indi
Schoolgirls in Ranchi, in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, holding a silent protest in May against the rape of two teenage girls in the Chatra and Pakur districts. Rape is often used as a tool to force women into submission in the patriarchal Indian society.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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Ms Manisha Gulati, who heads the state Punjab Commission for Women, has been travelling to different schools in the northern Indian state to talk to students and tell them the difference between a "good touch" and a "bad touch".

"I tell them that if someone pats them on the head, then that's a good touch. But if the person passes their hand over their body, that's bad," said Ms Gulati, who has visited half a dozen government schools so far.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2018, with the headline 'India teaches children about good and bad touches'. Print Edition | Subscribe