Over 50% children face sexual abuse, says Govt survey

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Parliament Housing Building in New Delhi.

File Photo of Parliament Housing Building in New Delhi.

A survey conducted by Ministry of Women and Child Development has revealed a worrying trend on the issue of child sexual abuse. The centrally-sponsored survey has found that more than 53 per cent children in the country faced one or more forms of sexual abuse. The findings of the survey were put forth before Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir, said that the Ministry of Women and Child Development had conducted a study on Child Abuse in 2007, covering 13 states and more than 13,000 children.

The study revealed that that more than 53 per cent of children interviewed reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse and 21.90 per cent child respondents reported facing severe forms of sexual abuse.

The study also found that 50.7 per cent children faced other forms of sexual abuse, the minister told the house in a written reply to a question.

In another startling finding, 50 per cent abusers were persons known to the child and most children did not report the matter to anyone, the survey said.

Children on street, at work and in institutional care reported the highest incidence of sexual assault, Hansraj Ahir said.

The 13 states where the survey was conducted were – Assam, Mizoram, Goa, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala.

(With inputs from PTI)