Child Sexual Abuse: An Epidemic

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Quotes from a Delhi High Court case

The court termed child sexual abuse as an “epidemic”.

Court: “ not only parents, but even trial courts dealing with such cases, should create an atmosphere where the victims can depose truthfully against “sexual perpetrators”

Justice P S Teji: “Children who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of the sexual perpetrators do not only suffer from physical pain but are also subjected to mental and emotional trauma. The results of child sex abuse are severe and far reaching,”

“Child sexual abuse is one of the most pervasive social problems faced by our society. Its impact is profound because of the sheer frequency with which it occurs and because of the trauma brought to the lives of the children who have experienced this crime. Child sexual abuse is an epidemic.”

The trial court should “ensure the examination of the child witness by giving due protection to him and bringing the child out of the pressure”.

“The parents of such victims have even a greater role to play in helping and aiding the child in overcoming the trauma.”

Some facts

· A study conducted by Aram Foundation, an NGO working for child rights, has found that about 29% of students studying in 71 schools and 56 colleges in Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Tirupur and Dharmapuri have suffered sexual abuse.

· As per a study conducted by Tulir CPHCSA in 2006, in which more than 2,211 school-going children in Chennai were interviewed, child sexual abuse prevalence rate was 42%.

· Another study conducted in 2007 backed by the government of India, in which 1,25,000 children were interviewed in 13 states, more than half (53%) said that they had been subjected to one or more forms of sexual abuse

· Eight cases of sex crimes against children have been registered every day in the last two years. About 6,816 police cases were registered from November, 2012— when the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act (POCSO)—came into force up to March, 2015. The highest number of FIRs has been registered in Rajasthan followed by Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala according to data available with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). The number of convictions is only 166 that is, 2.4% of the total cases registered while in 389 cases accused were acquitted. (TOI)


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