Kids Sexually Abused at Horrifying Rate in India
Human rights group say laws not enough, enforcement needed
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2013 11:15 AM CST
A street urchin holds a child and walk along a road in New Delhi, India, Nov. 20, 2009. A recent survey indicated 53% of Indian children have faced at least one sexual assault.   (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

(Newser) – December's deadly gang-rape in New Delhi put a spotlight on the country's ugly problem of sexual assault. But India faces another terrible sexual abuse failing—this one involving its children. Human Rights Watch today released an 82-page report on the rampant sexual abuse of Indian children, reports al-Jazeera. Though the report relies on in-depth case studies of 100 abuse victims rather than a "quantitative analysis," it does highlight a 2007 survey of 12,500 at-risk children that found a stunning 53.2% of those questioned had faced one or more forms of sexual abuse; 72% of those victims say they told no one.

"Shockingly the very institutions that should protect vulnerable children can place them at risk of horrific child sexual abuse," said HRW's South Asia director. India's poorly trained and poorly paid police often refuse to register complaints; children who do report abuse and are seen by a doctor often undergo traumatic exams. Last year India finally passed its first law banning child sex abuse, but that's not enough, says HRW. "The criminal justice system, from the time police receive a complaint until trials are completed, needs urgent reform." See the full report here.

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Feb 8, 2013 7:05 PM CST
As long as India continues to deprive its female population of dignity, respect, and equality, it will forever remain a third world country, with half of its population free to continue perpetuating their heinous, depraved sexual crimes against women and children with impunity. SHAME ON YOU, INDIA and shame on all of you who accept and practice this misogynistic, patriarchal attitude towards women!! These crimes have been committed for centuries, and have, for the most part, gone unreported and unpunished. Juvenile rape in India has increased dramatically in the last few years, and most juveniles get away scott free because of their age. Victims wait an excruciating 10-30 years for justice, if it is ever meted out. Any man who rapes is an abhorrent, sick poison and scourge of society and, in the words of WCD Minister Krishna Tirath, should be hanged. Not incarcerated, but hanged. This would serve as a deterrent to the rest of these vile, despicable rapists, including juveniles, for their heinous, barbaric, evil sexual crimes against women and children. If you're old enough to commit the crime, you're certainly old enough to suffer the consequences! AGAIN, INDIA, WHERE IS YOUR SHAME??
Feb 8, 2013 9:39 AM CST
Absolutely disgusting. Poor little babies.
Feb 8, 2013 6:40 AM CST
Their entire life is one long assault; they were probably better off as "untouchables"