So, pedophilia is an illness. That’s established. But till it is clinically diagnosed and cured, should this illness become the bane of an unsuspecting childhood, uncomfortably close to our edge of trust and blind faith?
Two wrongs in the land of honour
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With girls and boys equally susceptible, parents are worried, and rightly so. In the business of keeping others’ children safe during the major part of the working day, schools and other institutions cannot take things lightly either. “The school has appointed a lady attender who will survey the entire premises including bathrooms, during school hours. They do a good deal of checks at pick-up and drop times and every parent or guardian has to provide an ID card given by the school before the child is allowed to go home with them”, says Savitha Hiremath, an environmental activist and parent at a premier institution in North Bangalore. Most schools follow similar protocols with verified and contactable attenders on school buses provided by the schools. Counselling cells on campus remain invaluable and available.
And there lies the crux of all problem solving: watch, listen and act. Because, though things are looking up, when it comes to our children’s security, there is no substitute to listening and believing. In turn, our children should be able to trust that we will not let them down. That is fundamental.