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Silent Screams: Addressing the Epidemic of Child Sexual Abuse in India


Sangeet Saroha, Dr. Santosh Kumar Tiwari


This research paper explores the distressing reality of a pervasive crisis affecting the nation's most vulnerable population. There is an urgent need for comprehensive intervention to tackle the silent epidemic of child sexual abuse. Every day, a number of children all over the world are subjected to some form of sexual abuse or exploitation. Children are at risk of experiencing sexual violence in a wide variety of environments and locations. A child in India has the right to be protected from abuse, neglect, and exploitation at home and elsewhere. Still, children are sexually abused in all kinds of places, including at home, at school, and in the community. As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), crimes against minors are on the rise. The number of crimes against minors rose from 1,29,032 in 2017 to 1,62,449 in 2022. According to NCRB, 63,414 incidents under the POCSO Act were recorded in 2022. The number of POCSO cases increased by more than 94% between 2017 and 2022. This research paper examines the problem of child sexual abuse in India and the challenges associated with the problem.


Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence, Victims, Protection, Compensation


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Silent Screams: Addressing the Epidemic of Child Sexual Abuse in India. Sangeet Saroha, Dr. Santosh Kumar Tiwari. 2024. IJIRCT, Volume 10, Issue 3. Pages .

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