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Karthik Madhavan
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Awareness drive:Actor Ra. Parthiepan joins children in a walkathon organised by Anugraha Educational Trust and Anugraha Mandhir Nursery and Primary School in Coimbatore on Sunday. —Photo: K. Ananthan
Awareness drive:Actor Ra. Parthiepan joins children in a walkathon organised by Anugraha Educational Trust and Anugraha Mandhir Nursery and Primary School in Coimbatore on Sunday. —Photo: K. Ananthan

Hundreds of young and old marched from State Express Transport Corporation bus stand in Gandhipuram to V.O.C. Park grounds on Sunday to create awareness on child sexual abuse.

Anugraha Educational Trust and Anugraha Mandhir Nursery and Primary School as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives organised the rally, ‘Nadapom Sila Nimidangal' in association with Welltexx India Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., Curie Inc., Confederation of Indian Industry, Young Indians, Kumaran Super Market, Rotary Club of Coimbatore, Info Institute of Engineering, The Hindu , UTV, Suryan FM, Bisleri and Photo Centre.

The walk that started at 7 a.m. saw the participation over 3,000 persons. At the VOC Park grounds, actor Radhakrishnan Parthiepan, special guest M.J. Sriram and others addressed the gathering.

Mr. Parthiepan said the responsibility of teaching children to handle child sexual abuse lay with every parent. Referring to the recent murder of a teacher by a school student in the classroom in Chennai, he said the very fact that the boy had carried knife in his school bag for two days showed that the parents did not pay enough attention to the child.

Every parent should monitor the movements of their child or children and encourage them to narrate their bad experiences, if any, and not feel bad about the same.

Shobaa A.L., Trustee, Anugraha Educational Trust, said that it was everybody's responsibility to ensure that children were in safe hands in safe environment. Abusers took advantage of children's innocence and their inability to defend themselves.

She also stressed the need for having an open communication with children.

Representatives of supporting organisations, students from various institutions, Advocate Shankaranarayanan, Rotarians and others participated in the function.

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