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40% of children at risk of sexual exploitation in the country: Ministry

The latest data released by the Ministry of Women and Child Development has revealed that 40 per cent of the country’s children are in danger of sexual abuse. The Ministry released the data on Monday and also announced its decision to create a National Alliance to curb rising cases of online child sexual abuse.


To finalize the operational, administrative and functional structure of the National Alliance, the Ministry conducted an all-day meeting on Monday. It was revealed during the meeting that in the past 8 months, more than 4,000 cases of child abuse have been reported on the Child Helpline number. Citing various research studies, the Ministry also informed that young girls are more prone to sexual abuse, many of whom are being abused on the Internet as well.

Given the severity of child sexual abuse, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had launched POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) e-box last year. Through this, affected children could easily register their complaint by registering their email ID and contact numbers. The E-Box has received 157 complaints so far.

NCPCR chief Stuti Kacker said “Complaints have been received from different parts of the country and most children in the age group of 12 to 16 years have filed their complaints.” It is important to note that as per 2015 data, 85% of cases registered under the POSCO Act in Delhi Children Court are still pending.

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