350 cases of crime against children every day, online abuse cases increased by 400 percent last year

New Delhi: A total of 1,28,531 cases of crime against children were reported in
India last year , which means an average of 350 such cases were reported every day during the pandemic. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said this in an analysis of the NCRB data by an NGO. However, Child Rights and You (CRY) in its analysis said that compared to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data in 2019, the total number of such cases declined by 13.3 per cent.

In the year 2019, 1,48,185 cases of crime against children were registered which means more than 400 such crimes took place in the country every day. The child rights organization said that although the overall number of crimes against children has declined, there has been a 50 per cent increase in child marriages and 400 per cent increase in online abuse cases in a year.

Crime
against children in India has increased sharply by 381 percent in the last decade (2010-2020) while the total number of crimes in the country has decreased by 2.2 percent . The organization said that the state-wise analysis shows that out of all the cases of crime against children across the country, 13.2 percent cases were reported from Madhya Pradesh, 11.8 percent from Uttar Pradesh, 11.1 percent from Maharashtra, 7.9 percent from West Bengal and 5.5 percent from Bihar. . Of the total cases reported in the country, 49.3 percent cases are from these states.

The organization’s Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Preeti Mhara said during humanitarian crisis issues of child protection become serious. The economic slowdown caused by school closures, restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the pandemic during the Kovid adversely affected the livelihoods and household economic and food security of the vulnerable sections. He said, therefore, it is highly feared that it contributed to the rise in cases of child labour, child marriage, child trafficking as well as gender-based violence.

According to Crye’s analysis, 525 cases were registered under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 in 2019, while in 2020, almost 50 per cent more, i.e., 785 cases were registered. However, the number of cases registered under the Child Labor (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 stood at 770 in 2019. In 2020, there was a decline of about 38 percent in such cases and their number stood at 476.

This analysis is in contrast to the recent Global Estimates of the World Labor Organization (ILO) Child Labor 2020 Report, which states that more than 168 million children in the age group of five to 11 years are in child labor in 2020 compared to 2016. were involved in The new analysis shows that 89 lakh more children will be forced into child labor by the end of 2022 as a result of rising poverty due to the pandemic.

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