After the brutal gang rape of a five-year-old girl in east Delhi's Gandhi Nagar a couple of months ago, various NGOs have come together to carry out a door-to-door awareness campaign on sexual abuse. NGO members are distributing pamphlets and performing street plays to inform children and their parents about the issue.
Called Delhi Child Rights Group (DCRG), the group is aiming at creating a safe atmosphere for children. "Awareness is the key and many a times a child does not know how to tell his/her parents about the sexual abuse he/she is facing. Currently we are carrying awareness programme in east and northeast Delhi. We will take it to other parts of the Capital soon," said Yogesh, the programme coordinator.
Nearly 100 NGOs have become part of this awareness campaign called the Children's Safety, Collective Responsibility (Bacchon ki hifazat sanjhi zimmedari).
According to the activists, the rising number of such cases coupled with those that go undetected point at the systemic failure of all institutions of society in protecting children.
"Families and communities too have failed to keep children safe. Children are an easy prey for sexual violence and perpetrators know there will be little or no resistance from them," an activist said.