Child Sexual Abuse in India
by Celia Mekid on November 2, 2013 - 6:39pm
The article ‘India child sex victims 'humiliated'’ posted on the BBC news and written by ‘The US-based Human Right Watched’ discusses about the lack of awareness the country of India has towards children getting abused sexually. The HRW (Human Rights Watched) reports that children in India whom have been victimized of child sexual abuse are often neglected and humiliated by the police. It is recognized that sexual abuse is unfortunately common in the homes occupying the country of India and that when children report such abuse to the police; they are often being dismissed or ignored. The government system’s way of dealing with this issue is inadequate and according to Geeta Pandey, such attitude is due to how sex is a taboo subject in India. Also, campaigners say that children are mostly sexually abused by relatives, neighbours, at school and at care homes for orphans. The abusers are most commonly family members (parents, grandparents, uncles and siblings), and other caregivers and so with the traditional patriarchal society that India often tends to show off, it is common that parents and other authority figures are unwilling to report. They hide such big actions because they want to avoid scandals and want to protect the child victims from dealing with additional distress when referring to police force, pushy medical examinations and an insensible judiciary.
There was a law passed by the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act in May 2012, which for once made child sexual abuse a crime in the country of India. This law also enabled acts of rape, un-penetrative sex, and molestation to be severely punished with prosecution. Before this law, un-penetrative sex was not considered as rape and so many abusers were able to easily avoid punishment. Reports say more than 7,200 children are raped every year in India and so unfortunately, even with this law, only a few of these criminal acts are recognized as children are ashamed to speak and have to go through immense embarrassment if ever they do.
In my opinion, I find it ridiculous that such serious subject is taken at ease and not considered. How could children be made fun of for going through such a horrific experience?