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Community protection can save children from rapes: Child Rights Group

Sneha Agrawal, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 26, 2013
First Published: 21:12 IST(26/4/2013) | Last Updated: 21:15 IST(26/4/2013)

A child rights group in Delhi would launch campaign to emphasise role of the community in safeguarding children from the sexual abuse and violence. It also sought legal action against police officials for dereliction of their duty in the brutal rape of a five-year-old.


There have been success stories of community participation in protecting children. 

Women self-help groups like Sakshi in Delhi, Sneha and Swaadhar in Mumbai, Sachetna in Kolkata have been working effectively against sexual abuse of the children. Equally successful were Mohalla Committees of Mumbai, which have lesser number of child rapes as compared to cities such as Delhi.

Children protection activist, Bharti Sharma said, "We propose to hold public discussions for our stakeholders over the next one year to create awareness in the city. We will soon be launching a signature campaign to make the public aware of our prospective projects."

Drawing attention towards the negligence of the police in handling the rape of the five-year-old girl, the NGO attributed poor investigation as prime reason for the inadequate handling of the similar cases. 

While stressing on proper investigation, the group emphasized need on societal issues saying parents, and communities need to be oriented and made aware on child protection measures.

"Crèches run by elderly women have worked well in certain communities where mothers go out to work and cannot afford to hire domestic help," the NGO said.

Building pressure on the police for negligence in handling the rape of the five-year-old girl, a child rights group has asked the government to act against the Delhi police personnel under the prevention of children from sexual offences act (POCSO).

"A legal case should be filed against the police personnel for the dereliction of their duty and violating the POCSO which states the mandatory reporting and recording of the complaint of the sexually assaulted" the Child Rights Group said in a statement.

According to a recent report by Asian Centre for Human Rights, 48,338 child rape cases have been registered from 2001 to 2011 that translates to 336% increase in the crime against children.

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