SAVE CHILDREN FROM ABUSE
THE NATIONAL CRIME RECORDS BUREAU (NCRB) DATA SHOWS CHILD RAPE CASES HAVE INCREASED BY 336% IN THE LAST 10 YEARS
Bengaluru. India is a signatory for the United Nations convention of Child Rights and is a party for United Nations declaration on the Rights of the Child 1959. Accordingly it has adopted a policy on Children in 1974 which guarantees children the right to protection from abuse, the right to protection from exploitation, the right to protection from neglect. In spite of this, various governments have failed miserably in safeguarding the interests of children who constitute 40% of Indian population (after all they are not vote banks!).
We bring to your kind notice the following scary information as seen in the Women and Child Development Ministry website.
1.Two out of every three children are physically abused.
2.Out of 69% children physically abused in 13 sample states, 54.68% were boys. Out of those children physically abused in family situations, 88.6% were physically abused by parents.
3.65% of school going children reported facing corporal punishment i.e. two out of three children were victims of corporal punishment.
4.50.2% children worked seven days a week & are not even going to school.
1.53.22% children reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse.
2.21.90% child respondents reported facing severe forms of sexual abuse and 50.76% other forms of sexual abuse.
3.children on street, children at work and children in institutional care reported the highest incidence of sexual assault.
4.50% abuses are by persons known to the child or in a position of trust and responsibility
We demand the following steps to be taken by the Government immediately to save our children and promote their welfare.
1.Strict implementation of the POSCO ACT (Protection of Children from SexualOffencesAct)http://wcd.nic.in/childact/childprotection31072012.pdf passed in Parliament in 2012 by creating awareness to public & parents by wide spread publicity through media advertisements, posters in schools, circulating leaflets in all government offices throughout the state and compulsory posters in all police stations demonstrating the punishment for child abuse.
2.Make sex education compulsory, with a focus to educate on what constitutes abuse in all private and government schools in the state and tech them basics like what is a good touch and bad touch.
3.No school management should force parents to sign papers compromising their child’s safety in exchange for seats. Make schools fully accountable for child safety during school hours, including the travel to & from the school and management has to ensure due diligence on staff and teachers.
4.Open child helpline to report abuse in all major areas of the city & schools to train children how to use helpline facilities without revealing name or identity of the victim and their family.
5.To form a separate union ministry for children & delink the present women and child development ministry since women rights and child rights are totally different and present WCD is not doing justice for child welfare since they are not vote banks.
Initiate social and familial reforms to reinforce joint family system so that grand-parents play a more pro-active role in upbringing and care of children, ensuring love and safety, and reduce dependency on hired maids & strangers.