Crimes against Children Took A 3X Leap in the Last 6 Years, Reveals Child Rights Commission Chief

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Crimes against Children Took A 3X Leap in the Last 6 Years, Reveals Child Rights Commission Chief

There continues to be a piercing spike in the number of reported crimes against children – in India, crime records reveal kids face a deadly slew of threats daily, right from sexual violence, trafficking, and slavery to early marriage and forced prostitution. In the last six years, offences against kids have increased threefold, and the disturbing fact is that the numbers are still shooting up. On the contrary, there’s been almost no increase in the rate of juvenile crimes, in spite of so much public outrage about ‘increasing juvenile crime’.

A total number of 89,423 crimes against children were reported in 2014. The number rose steeply to 94,172 in 2015 and 1,05,785 in 2016.

From 2014 to 2016, the number of crimes recorded under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) went up from 8,904 to 35,980, resulting in a 4X jump.

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Of late, Stuti Narain Kacker, the appointed National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) chairperson stated lack of education, poverty, gender discrimination and age-old cultural practices are some of the key causes of child trafficking. Last November, she called for a full-proof “multi-sector action plan” to fight off child trafficking – this impressive initiative was mustered up against the poignant citation that claimed crimes against children increased 300% in 6 years since 2009.

In a recently held anti-human trafficking conference in Kolkata, organized by Mary Ward Social Centre, Kacker affirmed this new appalling piece of information in a written format, read out in her absence –

 “The National Crime Records Bureau suggests that there is a rise in crime against children since 2009. The number of incidents rose from 24,203 in 2009 to 92,172 in 2015. The deeper analysis shows that in crime rate a substantial increase has taken place between 2009 and 2015 due to the marriage of minor girls, kidnapping and abduction and selling of minors for prostitution.”

“The causes of global child trafficking are varied and complex, but it includes poverty, lack of opportunity, economic disparity, land demarcation, increased gender discrimination and discriminatory cultural practices, she added.

The data she presented is applicable to cases within the country as well as cross-border trafficking. The estimates, she claimed stipulates more than 60% of total human trafficking affects children or minors.

Crime analysis shows there’s been a sharp increase in sexual offences against children in recent years. Every day more than 290 children gets dragged into the dark, dingy world of crime – be it victims of kidnapping, sexual assault or child labor, children belongs to the most vulnerable section of the society, especially those that falls below 12 years of age.

In another instance, a recent survey headed by a renowned humanitarian aid organization, World Vision India divulged that one out of every two children is grasped into the grips of sexual abuse. The survey included more than 45000 children ranging from 12 to 18 years of age, across 26 states throughout the country. If not that, the survey also intimated that one in every five children fails to feel safe owing to the fear of being sexually abused.

So, whatever stats we take up to, grueling figures are going to hover around our eyes and nudge us deep within. Child abuse is growing like an epidemic in our country and in order to put a stop to this trend, we need a set of ‘for-a-cause’ campaigns that would #EndSlavery and bring upon a change in the society.

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