Child rapes rising in NE: NCRB report

GUWAHATI: The statistics of the National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB) has revealed that the country has recorded 48,338 child rape cases from 2001 to 2011 with Madhya Pradesh topping the crime chart with 9,465 cases.

Though the northeastern states fare comparatively better than the rest of the country, the NCRB data shows the seriousness of the crime in the region.

Tripura registered the highest number of child rape cases in the region with 457 cases between 2001 and 2011. Meghalaya came second in the northeast with 452 cases during the same period while Assam recorded 316 cases. Mizoram registered 217 cases, Manipur 98, Arunachal Pradesh 93 and Nagaland 38 cases.

The New Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), a rights group, highlighted the seriousness of the crime in its report submitted to the visiting UN special rapporteur on Violence Against Women Rashida Manjoo.

Citing the NCRB statistics, ACHR stated that India saw an increase of 336 per cent of child rape cases from 2001 (2,113 cases) to 2011 (7,112 cases). "These are only the tip of the iceberg as the large majority of child rape cases are not reported to police and children also regularly become victims of other forms of sexual assault," ACHR said.

ACHR director Suhas Chakma urged the UN special rapporteur to address the custodial violence against women and girl children. He said that sexual offences against children in India have reached an epidemic proportion and a large number of them are being committed in the juvenile justice homes run and aided by the government.

The ACHR director said many of the child rape cases take place in juvenile justice homes established under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. The ACHR's report highlighted 39 emblematic cases of systematic and often repeated sexual assault on children in juvenile justice homes. Out of the 39 cases, 11 cases were reported from government-run juvenile justice homes while remaining 27 cases are reported from private juvenile justice homes.

Chakma said most state governments have not formed inspection committees, which are mandated to inspect the juvenile justice homes and report at least once in every three months.

He said there are hundreds of unregistered child care homes across the country despite the requirement to register the same within six months under JJ(C& PC) Act. The Union ministry of women and child development had raised the issue of non-registration of children's home with Jharkhand, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Karnataka and Kerala.

Source: Times of India
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