Mizoram records the highest rate of child sexual abuse

The state of Mizoram record the highest number of sexual abuse cases, with 568 of the child sexual abuse against children recorded in last five years, according to the reports. Showing an increasing trend of child sexual abuse in the state, the findings of the abuse were brought to fore through a report prepared by Mizoram’s Child Welfare Committee last week.

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 According to the report, there were 62 cases of child rape during 2012-13 and 41 during 2013-14. The case has increased from 136 in 2014-15 to 182 in 2015-16. From 2016 till January 2017, 147 cases of child rape have been reported so far.

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The relatives, friends and teachers are identified as the main culprits responsible for the assault of children. As a measure, the state has decided to launch a massive awareness campaign to tackle the issue. One such event was organized last week by District Child Protection Unit, Aizawl, World Vision, SCERT and Mizoram Primary School Teachers Association.

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“It’s a very serious issue and we are taking steps to prevent such crimes. We need to aware our society first and then sensitize them towards the issue. Also, we have to put in a mechanism at the place which provides counseling and conducive atmosphere for the victims to come out of trauma,” an official from Mizoram’s Social Welfare Department said according to reports.


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