Kailash Satyarthi Says Child Rape In India Is ‘A National Emergency’
There seems to be no end to the rising figures in child rape cases across the country. Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi said that the rise in the numbers rape and sexual abuse cases against children in India is a “national emergency”. This is considering the 100,000 cases which are still pending in the courts, reported Reuters.
On Tuesday, a report was released that outlines the long duration that courts take to process cases of sexual abuse against children. The Nobel Laureate at the release said that each time a daughter is raped and killed, the country’s soul is raped and killed.
“If a child has to wait and beg for justice in our courts for decades, it is our collective failure”
This report was submitted by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, a charity. As per its estimation, a child rape case registered today in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh would take about 99 years to go through the courts. On the other hand, in the state of Gujarat, a child raped would have to wait 53 years for justice.
“Do you think a 15-year-old abused today, will attend court hearing with her grandchildren when she turns 70?”
Following a series of child rape and abuse, citizens nationwide are filled with anger and protests are erupting across the country. What has added to the fury, is the involvement of police officers and politicians in two cases that have been under investigation recently.
Rise in the number of child rape cases
According to the government figures, 18,862 cases of child rape were registered in 2016. Activists believe that thousands of more such rape cases go unreported each year.
The past two days saw three more child rape cases being reported, including one in Surat. The police told the Thomson Reuters Foundation they were investigating whether the child had been trafficked to the city.
Activists across the country have accused the authorities of not only failing to protect women and children, but also of moving too slowly in investigating cases, arresting perpetrators and taking strict action.
Bhawana is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv