Child Abuse was and continues to be, one of the most heinous crimes designed and perpetuated by human beings against some of the most vulnerable and defenseless sections of the Indian community. It is a malaise on Indian society that prides itself on the rule of law, democracy and the various freedoms enshrined in the Constitution.
According to the World Health Organisation, “Child maltreatment, sometimes referred to as child abuse and neglect, includes all forms of physical and emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, and exploitation that results in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, development or dignity. Within this broad definition, five subtypes can be distinguished – physical abuse; sexual abuse; neglect and negligent treatment; emotional abuse; and exploitation”.
In India, Child Abuse occurs in various spaces including the home, neighborhood schools, and temporary homes of shelter for abandoned and neglected children, railway platforms, jails and refugee camps. The problem is deep rooted and is one that the community is hesitant to accept and acknowledge.
The DCPCR has created guidelines for schools, individuals, police and authorities on how to detect and prevent child abuse in India. You must download and read it from the NorthStar SlideShare website at http://www.slideshare.net/northstargps/dcpcr-guidelines-for-the-prevention-of-child-abuse-in-india.