You may have heard of the recent discussion about child marriages in the National Assembly. The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was passed by Senate on last Monday. It proposed tha..
It is natural to want to protect your children from harm but keeping your kids in the dark is a totally different thing. Every time there is a mention of rape or sexual abuse, people cover their children's ears or tell them to go to the other room. In fact, they make sure that no one even mentions such words in front of their children. As a result, women don't even realize when they get harassed and when they get abused they think it is their fault somehow and keep it to themselves. The situation is even worse for men. When male children get assaulted, they don't tell anyone because they are always told to be strong. They think of it as another thing that they just have to deal with.
There are a few things that you need to keep your children away from but informational media is not one of those things. Although it is best that you have that conversation with your child yourself if you can't you shouldn't keep them away from things that can teach them about the good touch and the bad touch.
As a nation, we love making an issue out of everything. We see dramas like Udaari and go "haww, is this what our TV shows are going to show now?" but when we hear about cases like the Zainab rape case, we wonder how did that happen. Keeping our children in the dark is not miraculously save them from all the bad things. TV is something that kids love and there is no better way to educate them about important things than through TV shows and movies.
Social issues covered in media are not limited to rape and sexual abuse. Things like racism, tribal issues, child marriages are also highlighted by our shows and the sooner you start teaching your kids about these things, the better. If we want our future generations to be more tolerant, free of oppression, and save from abuses then we need to start laying the foundation for that future today.