Child rape cases go up by 336 pc, says Unicef
Child rape cases in India have gone up by 336 per cent between 2001 and 2011, according to a Unicef report.
The Unicef data released on Thursday bring out a deteriorating situation in the country which reveals that 30 percent of rape victims are girls below the age of 18.
However, the data on criminal course of reported cases is lacking.
Unicef says that sexual violence with children takes place in all settings including homes, schools, child-care institutions, at work places and in the community.
They cite widespread impunity as a contributing factor in making offenders feel safe in their heinous act.
The Unicef said that there can be different reasons behind these abuses. Usually abuse is based on a relationship of power of the perpetrator over the victim. “The fact that children, and especially girls, have little status and value in society motivates perpetrators to act,” it says.
However, they attribute the increase in the number of incidents to increased awareness. The cases have started to be registered as people now know that such acts are violations.
“Home has been the most insecure place as far as the abuses are concerned. Earlier data says that almost 80 per cent of abuses occur at home,” said Raza Ismail, a social activist.
They say that media reporting has helped in awareness. But, social stigma associated to the reporting and that little monitoring is ensured.
Speaking at the occasion, Caroline Den Dulk, Chief Advocacy and Communications said, “Unicef India is marking the launch of ‘Time to Sound the Red Siren’ by placing a special focus on sexual violence against girls. While violence affects both boys and girls in India in different forms, this special focus is associated with the fact that girls are among the most vulnerable in society and they face multiple forms of discrimination and violence.”