'Boys also face sexual abuse'

 The members of Children's Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (Crisp) on Tuesday demanded the State government to strictly enforce the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

Addressing a press meet here on Tuesday, Crisp President Kumar Jahgirdar said that the law passed by Parliament in 2012 was not being enforced effectively.

The members said that boys too were equally at risk of sexual abuse. They presented a case of a four-year-old boy who was sexually abused in Mysore recently. 

The victim’s father Jatin M R, who is working in the pharma industry, said that he came to know about the incident when he visited Mysore on October 19. He added that his son told him that he was sexually abused by his maternal uncle.

 "I filed complaint at Mysore but the police were not cooperative and asked me approach Child Welfare Committee (CWC). The committee too took no action on my complaint. The entire episode exposes the indifference of police and the CWC.

 It also shows that boys are also vulnerable to sexual abuse and such incidents are not coming to light”

The members also sought setting up of special courts, opening of child helplines, making sex education compulsory among others.

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