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Confronting Realities

Updated: September 22, 2016 10:55 am

Child sexual abuse is the darkest reality of India. According to the National Crime Record Bureau, a minor faces sexual abuse in India every 30 minutes. A 13-state national study on Child Sexual Abuse in India – commissioned by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and conducted by Prayas, UNICEF and Save The Children – paints a horrifying picture.

The report states that sexual abuse is a bitter reality for more than half of the country’s children. The report states that more than 53 per cent of children in India are subjected to sexual abuse, but most don’t report the assaults. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) – which has begun compiling data specific to the Prevention of Sexual Offences Against Children (POCSO) Act, the number of registered child rapes rose at a rate of 151 per cent – from 5,484 in 2009 to 13,766 in 2014. In addition, 8,904 cases were registered nationwide under POCSO Act and 11,335 under the category “assault on women (girl child) with intent to outrage her modesty under Section 354 IPC (which includes stalking, voyeurism, use of criminal force with an intent to disrobe, etc)”.

childhood realities

working and abused children

Vinod Chandra


Price : `925     

Pages : 283

The report also reveals that two out of three children are physically abused, sixty five per cent of school going children experience some form of corporal punishment, more than half children have reported some or other form of sexual abuse and majority of children have informed their emotional abuse even in their family circumstances. This is one harsh reality of the Indian society. It is in this context that the book < Childhood Realities: Working and Abused Children> presents itself. This book is an attempt by sociologists, economists, psychologists, childhood researchers and child right activists to highlight the harsh realities and told stories of major forms of child abuse and exploitation. The complete debate in the book is divided into two areas. The first focus is on working children and the authors have offered conclusive evidences of working children’s lives, their plight in organised sector, difficult circumstances of children in HIV/AIDS affected families and children’s contribution in tribal domestic economy.

The second focus of the book is on the darker sides of sexually and emotionally abused children, which has been quite often overlooked in the academic debates in India. The book is an exploration of children’s victimization in the social and family space. At a time when India is still awakening to this harsh reality of society, this monologue gives the readers a moving scenario of the diverse form of childhood reality and the intensity of the plight of the abused children. In a nutshell, this book presents necessary evidences to the readers to understand the practical and theoretical frameworks for discussing the realities of childhood of working and abused children.

by Nilabh Krishna


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