Online Child Abuse: Let the Story Unfold


The National Crime Records Bureau Report says – In India, a child is abused every 15 minutes.

Online child trafficking in India is on the rise. Across India and abroad. Increased usage of internet and smartphones has enabled such prolific rise of crimes, including online child abuse. Children are the worst victims; each day they are being sold across numerous social media channels and classified advertising websites.

“Technology … is providing offenders with unprecedented access to victims, new capabilities, and increasing confidence to abuse children on a mass scale,” added Baroness Joanna Shields, previously an executive at Facebook and Britain’s internet safety minister.

Each year, 1.8 million children are trafficked into prostitution.

Yes, the numbers are indeed ghastly and so are the modes of child exploitation. Online and physically, children are abused daily. Despite the fact, what necessary steps Indian judiciary and states are taking to stop this heinous crime?

Going by the facts, till 2012, India didn’t have any proper legal framework to address child sexual abuse. Goa Children’s Act, 2003 was the first and only child abuse legislation that was in motion before 2012 Act was popped up.

In the year 2012, the Parliament of India passed the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) for the victims of child sexual abuse below 18 years of age. The Act also includes gender neutrality as a clause.

Apparently, though the POSCO Act seems to be quite strong and comprehensive, when it comes to implementation, things take a different turn. Nevertheless, we can’t lose hope, as we believe there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Missing Stencil Project is doing some commendable work in the field of sex trafficking and bringing back the girls home, safely.

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