An E-box Facility For Kids To Report Child Abuse

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Very soon an online facility will be available for the children in New Delhi which would allow them to complain about any kind of abuse which they go through whether it is in school or at home without revealing their identity. The ministry of women and child development is working on an e-dropbox which would let the children complain about abuse, molestation or harassment in everyday situations in school, bus, tuition classes or even at home.

Simple language, pictures and icons will be used to ensure that it is easy and convenient for children to use the facility.

Maneka Gandhi said this is another step taken to fight against this evil practice of child abuse and to create a Laxman Rekha around children while speaking about this initiative. The e-dropbox will be hosted on the website of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). The icons and other important systems are being worked upon by the commission.

An operation which was started by Delhi Police called “Operation Nirbheek” gave an inspiration and as a result of which this new project was started where complaint boxes were placed in different schools, allowing girls to complain about any abuse without revealing their names. Many of the complaints were converted into FIRs. This helped in bringing to light the incidents of abuse at homes and schools that children otherwise were too scared to speak about.

A study conducted in 2007 by the government found that more than 53% of children in India are subjected to sexual abuse, most of them don’t report the assault to anyone. The survey, carried out across 13 states and with a sample size of 12,447, revealed that 53.22% of children reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse, with Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Assam and Delhi reporting the highest percentage of such incidents. A shocking fact which came to light was that in 50% of the child abuse cases the abusers were known to the child or were in a position of trust, and most of the children did not report the matter to anyone

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