Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tewari on Sunday urged society to do away with the social stigma attached with child sexual abuse so that victims and their family members could step forward and report the abuse.
At the seventh edition of HT Woman awards ceremony here, Tewari, who shared the stage with UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh, said, “This is a serious issue. We need to fight the scourge of child sexual abuse.”
Empathising with the victims who had to undergo trauma at a tender age and were unable to express their plight, Tewari said: “I salute the victims of child sexual abuse who just shared their trauma.”
Earlier, the victims had shared their experience with the audience.
Moved by their plight, Tewari, said: “We must ensure that no child suffers (from sexual abuse).”
The Delhi BJP chief, who represents North- East Delhi in the Lok Sabha, was appalled when he came to know that only 3 % of child sexual abuse cases were reported due to social stigma and even the victims’ parents shied away from lodging a police complaint.
“We must remove this stigma as it will help parents of victims to come forward and report the incident. Why should a child suffer when he has done nothing wrong?,” questioned Tewari.
Tewari also assured all possible support to victims of child sexual abuse.
“I am not a complete politician. I am also an artiste and still hold one or two shows every month. With the money I get from these shows, I help people. Now, I will also help victims of child sexual abuse,” said Tewari.
Tewari also took questions from the audience.
Replying a query on how he would help victims of child sexual abuse, Tewari said: “My objective will be to create awareness about child sexual abuse among masses so that the social stigma attached with it may be removed. This will help family members of victims to report the abuse.”
Tewari was all praise for the event, especially the cause.