Members of a city-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Madurai Non Formal Education Centre (MNEC), and school students formed a human chain in front of Setupati Higher Secondary School here on Thursday as part of a campaign against atrocities against children.
Children and women, who formed part of the human chain, shouted slogans demanding the need for creation of awareness about child abuse, violence against women and that police and judiciary should protect the children.
Chinnasami, Deputy Commissioner of Police, (Law and Order), took part in the human chain. The campaign highlighted measures to be adopted to protect children and women from becoming victims.
Listing out information through small handouts, the NGO emphasised the role of parents, school authorities, State, students and police. The stress was on the importance of parents taking their children to school rather than sending them through a third person. They also asked the parents to tell children right from their early childhood on how to behave with strangers. The school authorities should also keep a vigil on movements of vehicle within the campus.
Enlisting the support of drivers of taxis and autorickshaws was also stressed, and it was demanded that they should always wear uniforms and display their identity cards in a visible manner.
The government authorities should come out with more advertisements and information on child line numbers at public places where people gather in large numbers and make it popular so that every child remembered the number.
To ensure safe transportation of students, the Transport Department has issued a circular with elaborate instructions to parents, institutions and police personnel and this should be followed fully, they demanded.
The campaign was organised by J. Helen Manoharan, Director, MNEC, and P. Manoharan, Executive Director.