The 15 year old had been keeping unusually quiet off late. The mother tried to ask many times but the daughter didn’t speak. It wasn’t until the mother observed a protruding belly that her fears turned into reality. She had suspected something strange in her daughter ever since the distant uncle had paid a visit to their house in the absence of the mother. A visit to the nearby hospital confirmed that the 15 year old girl was pregnant. Finally, the girl spoke. She broke down and narrated her harrowing tale to her mother and recalled that horrendous evening when the uncle forced himself on her and raped. The mother immediately registered an FIR. Relief India Trust is perpetually disturbed and shocked by such heinous crimes.
This was one of those cases where an FIR was filed against the perpetrator. Otherwise cases of Child Sexual Abuse go unreported on a large scale. This has become the most grave problem society has to fight. As per a report titled ‘Breaking Silence’ released by Human Rights Watch, more than 50% of child abuse cases are not registered. Another survey revealed shocking fact that in 90% of the cases of child sexual abuse, the perpetrator was acquainted to the victim.
Such statistics present to us a sick view of the society where sexual offenders do not even spare children. In a recent case in Delhi, a little girl was raped, severely injured and left to die near railway tracks. And the infamous Nithari case in Noida would still send a chill running through everyone’s spine. Parents and government need to work together to make our children feel safe in India. Parents must not suppress such cases and report to the police. Relief India Trust has been working towards spreading awareness in the society about child abuse. But this is just a small step. Government needs to take bigger and stricter steps to ensure our kids are safe.