Children’s school posters in India, where children are indoctrinated with the idea of being good and brave, have been shocked by the photographs of child sexual abuse they have seen, a child rights activist said.
The posters feature a series of photos of child sex abuse, including images of a boy, who is said to be seven years old, being held by a man who is aged between 25 and 30.
They are being distributed by a group called ‘Ascend’, which aims to raise awareness about child sexual violence.
“It’s shocking to see images of children being abused and they are being used as propaganda for the government,” said Dr Deepa Goyal, a paediatrician at a private clinic in India’s northern state of Andhra Pradesh.
She said the images are “an attempt to get children to believe that they are good and noble”.
“The government needs to take responsibility for the images and ensure the children are not indoctrinated by these posters,” Dr Goyal said.
“The images are just a part of the propaganda for a few months in India.
But they have a direct impact on the children’s mental health, they are also damaging their sense of self-worth.”
In one poster, a girl is holding a knife to her throat.
A man is holding the knife to the back of her head.
The boy in the poster is said by the poster to be between five and seven years of age.
An image of a man being beaten by a child is also posted on the posters, as is a photo of a child being gang-raped.
The poster, titled ‘We Will Rise Above the Child Abuse’, is a copy of an image of the boy who is being held.
It features a child holding the blade to the boy’s throat, with the words “Shame on you”.
The poster is being distributed in six districts in Andhra and the Andhra state capital of Chennai, and also has a message about the plight of children in the country.
Dr Goyal told The Sunday Times the poster was not meant to raise a national awareness.
“It was just an attempt to promote a certain narrative and message,” she said.
“But it has a direct effect on children and the impact is on their mental health.
There is a strong connection between child sexual exploitation and child rape and they’re being forced to have sex with people they don’t want to.”
This poster is about making children believe that children are good, brave, and noble.
This is the propaganda that has been given to them in India.
“‘I want to go to a hospital’A poster in Tamil Nadu that appears to show a boy being sexually assaulted by a boy.
A poster showing a boy in a gang rape.
While the poster in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a translation of an Indian newspaper article about a boy who had been gang-rape by his teacher, the Tamil Nadu poster is based on the story of a 14-year-old boy who was gang-raped by his 11-year old brother.
According to Dr Goya, this poster was created in the name of the ‘Auspicious Children Group’, which has been criticised for being a recruitment tool for child sexual abusers.”
There is no question about the propaganda behind this poster,” she told The Times.
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[The Tamil Nadu posters] are all about the exploitation of children,” she added.
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In the film, a group of teenagers are seen being held captive by their abusers, who torture them for days before murdering them.
As part of a series, a school poster featuring the children was distributed in Delhi.
In a follow-up video, the poster featured a boy holding a kitchen knife and the words: “Please forgive me.
I’ve made a mistake.
I am an innocent.”
The poster was distributed across Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and in several other districts.
Earlier this month, the Indian government launched a campaign to educate people about child sex offences and the stigma around the crime.
About 2,000 posters have been distributed in seven districts, including in Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune, the government said.