Sexual abuse of children also increased during the Karona period. This is evident from the annual report of NCRB. According to the NCRB report from 2016 to 2020, the number of cases of child sexual abuse was 36,321 in 2016, which increased to more than 47 thousand in 2020.
The education and writing of crores of children was affected during the Corona period. The impression this pandemic has left on his mind is a bigger problem. But the biggest worrying news is that during this period sexual abuse of children also increased. This has been revealed from the annual report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). According to this, 4,18,385 crimes against children were registered in India in the last three years. In these, about 1,34,383 cases were registered under the POCSO Act. The biggest increase in these cases happened in 2020. If we look at the full figures, then it indicates that despite stringent laws like POCSO (Protection of Children Against Sexual Offenses) cases of sexual violence against children in India are increasing year after year.
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The NCRB’s 2020 report shows that the highest number of incidents of sexual violence and sexual abuse occurred with girls aged 16 to 18. Activists working in this area say that sometimes the cases do not reach the police or the family suppresses them for fear of slander. The POCSO Act was enacted nine years ago to protect children from sexual abuse. But according to the NCRB report from 2016 to 2020, the number of cases of child sexual abuse was 36,321 in 2016, which increased to more than 47 thousand in 2020. This is an increase of 31 percent. It has been said in the NCRB’s 2020 report itself that only 36 per cent of crimes against children are registered under POCSO. That is, the rest of the cases remain out of this legal purview. Non-governmental organizations say that criminals are now increasingly victimizing children through social media and online gaming platforms. In this form criminals operate anonymously. Earlier this year, a report by an international organization ‘We Protect Global Alliance’ said that the Kovid-19 pandemic has caused a huge increase in child sexual abuse and online abuse. In such a situation, there is a need for a big campaign to protect children from sexual exploiters. The government should pay immediate attention to this.