For a long time, 12- year-old Rohan, an HIV positive child, was in pain but could not comprehend why. For months, he passed blood with his stools. Finally, a counsellor drew a sketch after Rohan pointed to his mouth and back and the truth emerged: He was regularly being forced into oral and anal sex.
Rohan then drew a picture of Ashish, one of his co-inmates at the Alipur Boys Home, an after- care home in north Delhi run by the Delhi government. Ashish regularly beat the younger boys if they did not run errands for him. "Nobody would stop him,'' Rohan said, recalling that a staff member at the home and a security guard - meant to shelter the young from child abuse - were regularly ill-treating the residents. One day, Rohan shared the information with a caretaker, thinking he would put an end to the ordeal.That was not to happen.