The book of poems, titled Chenchiye Para Maat Karo (‘shout at the top of your voice’), has been distributed free of cost among children of both genders who visited the West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBSCPCR) stall at the International Kolkata Book Fair. It was launched on February 8 at the Book Fair.According the WBSCPCR chairperson, such poems can be used as tools in houses and schools to alert children about sexual misconduct.
She said the book got a great response from the children who visited the stall accompanied by their families.One of the poems, when loosely translated, reads: If someone touches you improperly, cuddles you unfairly/ Never keep those a secret as they are wrong acts/ Share everything with your mother, your father, your elder sister.Another rhyme reads: Always remember that bad people are mostly cowards/ Hence the best way to save yourself is to shout out.Now, the WBSCPCR plans to send the book to schools all over the state. A detailed programme and the modalities would be drawn up by the agency soon.(UNI)