The Neeleswaram police on Monday arrested a 50-year-old man for allegedly sexually abusing his 16-year-old daughter for the last two years. It has also booked six youths for sexually abusing the girl and arrested four of them. The police booked all seven under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act. P R Manoj, the investigating officer reportedly stated that the girl had been impregnated and undergone an abortion two months ago. He also said the Child Welfare Committee would now take over the girl’s responsibility.

The investigating officer reportedly said that the girl’s father was a repeat sexual offender. He was accused of sexually assaulting four minor boys in 2017. Though four cases were registered against him under the POCSO Act, he received bail. The girl’s father reportedly teaches at a Madarsa.

“There may be more accused persons. We have only completed our preliminary investigation,” Manoj told the New Indian Express.

What You Should Know

  • The Neeleshwar police on Monday arrested a 50-year-old man for allegedly sexually abusing his 16-year-old daughter.
  • It has also booked six youths for sexually abusing the girl and arrested four of them. The police booked all seven under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act.
  • The CRY (Child Rights and You) report released in 2019 reveals that crimes against children rose by 20 percent.

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A Surge In Crimes Against Minors

According to the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) 2016 report, crimes against children in India increased by more than 500% between 2006 and 2016. Kidnapping and abduction of children accounted for more than half of all crimes (48.9 percent of 52,253 crimes) in 2016. The next significant category of crime against children was rape. In the report, it amounted to more than 18 percent of all the crimes against children.

As per a CRY (Child Rights and You) report released in 2019 reveals that crimes against children rose by 20 percent. The surge was higher than the overall number of crimes which rose by 3.6 percent. The CRY analysis is based on the latest National Crime Records Bureau for 2016-2017.

Furthermore, several similar incidents of crimes against minors occurred over the past few weeks. They include a Bengaluru man allegedly raping his daughter after giving her a sleeping pill. In another incident, an 11-year-old girl was allegedly sexually abused by her father in Pune. Similarly, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her father and grandmother’s relative in Tamil Nadu.

Also Read: Why Are We Seeing So Much Brutality Against Children?

Ria Chakraborty is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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