Hyderabad: The police plan to roll out a moral values curriculum for schools across Telangana in order to teach children the importance of respecting a girl or woman. And, this will be done from the primary school level, Inspector General of Police (Women’s Safety) Swati Lakra says.
Sensitisation is already part of the curriculum, she points out. “We will ensure that moral values are also made mandatory in the classroom from a young age,” she says. Experts will be roped in to design the curriculum.
The e-learning course started by SHE Teams on their fifth anniversary, which helps one identify various types and consequences of sexual harassment in public places and cybercrimes, will also be designed for children.
It will be made simpler in terms of language to suit different age groups, and children will have to take the course compulsorily which will be driven by the Education Department. “Respecting women should be ingrained in the child, right from the start of schooling. It is possible to condition them from an early age,” Lakra says.
Urging parents to focus on boys instead of putting restrictions on girls, she adds, “It is high time we focus on boys and tell them what to do and what not to do”. Deviant behaviour could be among very few boys. “As a society, we have to curb it and this has to start from the family. The way we bring up our children, a lot depends on the father and mother. They have to put restrictions on boys and tell them to behave themselves and respect girls,” the senior police officer says. The mindset that being a boy, they can get away with anything has to change. “It has to start from the family and schools,” she argues.
The police are also trying to improve the response time for helpline numbers. The response time for Dial 100 is seven minutes in city limits, and in rural areas it is 10-15 minutes, she says, adding that efforts are on to further reduce the response time. “With Dial 100, there is accountability on patrol officers as they are monitored. Their entire journey is recorded and vehicles mapped. That is why Dial 100 doesn’t go wrong, and we insist that people call the number in case of emergency,” Lakra appeals.