As per data available with National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 7,112 cases, 8,541 cases and 12,363 cases of child rape were reported in country during 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Union minister of women and child development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi gave this information in a written reply to Rajya Sabha members. However, child activists say that the numbers just constitute reported cases while many cases go unreported.
The data on child sexual abuse in school and public places is not maintained separately. Ministry of human resource development (HRD) has already issued guidelines in this regard to the state governments suggesting preventive mechanism and procedures to be put in place in the schooling system, said the minister.
Minister also informed that National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCRs) have been constituted under the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005. Further NCPCR and SCPSRs have been entrusted with the monitoring of child`s rights to education under Section 31 of `The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
As per Section 44 and Rule 6 of the `Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 NCPCR and SCPCRs have also been empowered for monitoring the implementation of this Act.
Radheshyam Jadhav Dec 11, 2014