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Child Abuse

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Child Abuse

A study on Child Abuse: India 2007, conducted by Ministry of Women and Child development (GOI) revealed that across different kinds of abuse, it is young children in the 5-12 year group are most at risk of abuse and exploitation. This involves physical, sexual as well as emotional abuse.

The study throws light on the following facts:

Physical Abuse

  • Two out of every three children were physically abused.
  • Out of 69% children physically abused, 54.68% were boys.
  • Over 50% children were being subjected to one or the other form of physical abuse.
  • Out of those children physically abused in family situations, 88.6% were physically abused by parents.
  • The State of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi have almost consistently reported higher rates of abuse in all forms as compared to other states.
  • 50.2% children worked seven days a week.

Sexual Abuse

  • 53.22% children reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse.
  • Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi reported the highest percentage of sexual abuse among both boys and girls.
  • 21.90% child respondents reported facing severe forms of sexual abuse and 50.76% other forms of sexual abuse.
  • Children in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi reported the highest incidence of sexual assault.
  • 50% abuses are persons known to the child or in a position of trust and responsibility.

Emotional Abuse and Girl Child Neglect

  • Every second child reported facing emotional abuse.
  • Equal percentage of both girls and boys reported facing emotional abuse.
  • In 83% of the cases parents were the abusers.
  • 48.4% of girls wished they were boys.

Source : Ministry of Women and Child development

Related Resources

  1. Posters on Child Abuse
  2. Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Rules, 2012 (7431 KB)(Hindi & English)
  3. Child Rights, Child Abuse and Role of Community in protecting child rights
Shilpa Sharma Nov 06, 2019 06:18 PM

We are conducting a public awareness lecture on 12th Nov 2019 and 12th Dec 2019 at AIIMS New Delhi on this topic. Please register free at *******@gmail.com

Shreshta Chattopadhyay Nov 02, 2018 11:28 AM

But how to protect these children? A large number of children are physically and emotionally abused by their parents. How to protect them? In USA and the like, there is constant monitoring. Please bring such a protection act in India.

NateshBabu Jan 01, 2018 10:24 AM

Nice and informative on child abuse.

Good if preventive measures / guidelines are drawn up and help schools adopt them.

Sania Oct 05, 2017 09:52 PM


Aby Feb 07, 2017 04:06 PM

Good one...

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