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Children more vulnerable to abuse: DCPCR data

Children more vulnerable to abuse: DCPCR data

New Delhi: Children in age group of 12-18 are vulnerable to abuses, revealed the data of Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) cases. The child rights body found that in more than 100 cases, accused were unknown persons. According to DCPCR, the commission, since 2015 had conducted investigation in 390 cases in which victims were both boys and girls.

The data revealed that in the year 2015/16, around 14 cases, in 2016/17, as many as 128 cases, in 2017/18, 147 cases and in 2018/19, 101 cases were either reported to the commission or they took cognizance. "In the year 2016, the child rights body took cognizance in the cases reported in 2015-16," data claimed.

In 47 cases, the age group of the victims were 0-5. "Kids in the age group of 5 to 12, were victims in more than 130 cases. In over 170 cases, 12-18 years old children became the victims of the crime," data added. In 129 cases, neighbours were accused whereas in 32 cases, blood relations were involved. "In 35 cases, relatives were predators and in 35 cases, known persons were involved in the crime," claimed the data. As many as 43 cases reported inside school.

Jyoti Duhan Rathee, member of DCPCR told Millennium Post that abuse cases with boys are reported less. "We want parents to report if their minor son is facing any harassment," said Rathee. She further stated that security in schools should be beefed in isolated places. In 2018, a DCPCR team visited a school in Narela where a complaint about harassment and verbal abuse of girl students at the hands of a teacher was received. "We visited the school and separately talked to both boys and girls as well as teachers in the school," said Rathee.

The commission also conducted a comprehensive study from 2015 to 2017 and found that Aman Vihar, Nihal Vihar, Mangolpuri, Begumpur, Kalyanpuri, Narela, Anand Parbat, New Ashok Nagar, Malviya Nagar and Ghazipur are among the 20 places where child abuse cases are high.

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