This is an updated re-post about the victimisation of children which I had written in 2010. That was when the news of three young siblings having been raped and sodomised by the school van driver had come out in the papers. Things don’t seem to have changed even a bit since then. If anything, they have only got worse. Blind children being brutalised, a tiny tot thrashed inside his own home….It is way beyond sickening. So much so that even the so-called elitist schools don’t seem to be free from predators and sadists in the garb of teachers as seen in the Bangalore school incident.
Save the child, please!
I am getting increasingly scared to open the newspapers these days. Disconcerting crime news involving children is something I can’t bring myself to get used to. Sexual abuse, prostitution, murder, kidnapping, forced begging, forced labour…..you name it and the victim is most often a child.
The latest is the one involving three siblings who have been repeatedly raped and sodomized by the driver of the van which ferried them to school. The children aged 12, (girl) 10 and 7 (boys) were drugged and made to indulge in unspeakable sexual acts while they were filmed.
And guess what? A teenager of the IX standard of the same school along with four more boys were the masterminds behind the crime. Both the parents of the boy are teachers, and he used his house for the heinous crime in their absence. Makes one’s stomach churn at the thought of children turning perverts.
What is even more sickening is the fact that this had been going on for a year and half and the mother got wise to it only a month ago! Or maybe she picked up the courage to talk only then? Whatever, how can a school, however callous ignore the fact that the children were frequently absent or looked drugged? Even when everything is out in the open, how can the school feign ignorance and how can a mother however scared could let her children be abused?
Earlier this week there was another story about a woman who strangled her 8 year-old nephew to ‘teach her brother a lesson he would never forget.’ She then dumped the body in the water tank and finally surrendered at the police station. She has two young boys of her own.
What was the reason? Her brother kept belittling her husband when they visited him and this caused fights between the couple. If that were so, woman! (a) why didn’t you stop visiting him, if you cared so much for your husband?
(b) why were you angry with your brother if you felt justified enough to fight with your husband over his remarks?
(c)What crime did that little boy do to deserve being killed?
What is the world coming to? How can a woman kill her own young nephew, who trusted his aunt enough to accompany her for a ‘walk’, isn’t it way beyond sickening?
Children are being increasingly abused by perverted adults who have no qualms whatsoever about what they are subjecting the child to. Even churches are not above this crime. Recently the Pope reacting to revelations about child abuse in the Catholic churches expressed his sadness that the Church “had not been vigilant enough” on the issue of pedophile priests. Elsewhere cases have been filed against pastors and congregation heads of other churches too for child abuse.
Coming back to the point, child abuse is not just restricted to sexual abuse, but also other more subtle forms of it. In the year 2005, The National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), a statutory body was constituted by an act of Parliament. The Act lays down the basic rights of the child which includes the right to safe homes and the right not to be physically or mentally harmed.
the website of NCPCR seems to be hopelessly out of date as it had been four years ago just as it seems to give just a fraction of actual cases of child abuse. For instance, it reports that child abuse cases went up to 763 in 2009-10 from 35 in 2007-08. There is no data after that.
Five years on, only eight states/UTs have constituted the State bodies of the Commission for Protection of Child Rights including Assam, Delhi, Goa, Karnataka, Sikkim, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Till June this year the National Commission has only dealt with about 1500 complaints which is not even a drop in the ocean of child abuse! So how far has this act been successful in protecting the child?
With so much danger lurking around the corner, how can a parent feel relaxed while sending a child out alone?
Let us for a moment take our focus off the sexual abuse of children. There are any number of other abuses against these tender lives including, corporal punishment both at home and school, deprivation and destitution including starvation and forced begging after being kidnapped, kidnapping for monetary and other settlements with the parents by unscrupulous goondas, being sold off into child labour and child prostitution……The list is endless.
Coming to the home front, children are abused in a different way. What would you call it when a child is forced to take part in the so-called reality shows by ambitious parents who want to bask in the momentary glory courtesy their stressed out children? What would you call it when like the mother at the outset of the post, parents fail to take note of the changed attitudes and behaviour of a child after being subjected to overt and covert sexual advances by the very same adults they trust? What would you call it when they have unreasonable expectations academically and socially thereby subjecting their children to untold stress? The number of children committing suicide is increasing alarmingly especially during the time of school and Board results. And the age at which they commit the act is also dropping equally alarmingly.
Haven’t we all heard of mothers who spank their kids when they are frustrated over other things like their relationships with their husbands and in-laws or other stresses they are unable to cope with? What is the child? A punch-bag designed to bear all the beatings of frustrated souls?
The recent cases of blind students being thrashed in Telengana was all over the channels. And then the story of a woman tutor pummelling a three-year-old in his own home made me cringe. The truth is that when it comes to sadism, gender seems to be no bar, as in the case of the woman who killed her nephew and the teacher who thrashed the kids.
I want to ask these satanic people how they can let anger get the better of their judgment to bring themselves to physically harm a child? Their place is in a psychiatric ward and nowhere else.
The problem is, anything that is done by the government is too little to bring about a change for the better. Verbal assurances, committees and laws make no difference. Only awareness on the part of parents and children can help prevent cases of child abuse. PTA s should make an effort to hold these awareness sessions and if the school doesn’t co-operate, they should create a scene so loud that the authorities are forced to listen and act. The public has woken up and needs to remain awake and vigilant to protect its children if the state and the school doesn’t.