August 19, 2008

Monday, 11th Aug, 2008
Hindustan Times
A helpline to the rescue of abused children

Ten-year-old Mariam called NGO Childline’s Shillong branch and lodged a complaint saying her 35-year-old neighbour had sexually abused her. The neighbour had threatened he would kill her father if she told him. Mariam told her friends who asked her to call the helpline.

At the Childline Foundation-Mumbai, in 2006-7, there were 1,337 calls for help to 1098 — India’s first 24X7 distress outreach service that also caters to marginalised sections – with 571 calls for missing children, 434 for shelter, 535 for emotional support and 277 for protection from abuse.

The maximum calls were for physical abuse (86 per cent), as compared to sexual abuse cases (6 per cent), and an equal number of financial abuse cases (5 per cent) between 2005-6 and 2006-7. The NGO received more than 7.5 lakh silent calls – calls where the caller chose not to speak. The data also indicate 30 per cent of calls were made by children either for themselves or to refer a friend.

Why are these children not speaking about their problems to their families?
The answer to that may be that ‘family’ is itself a luxury for the marginalised. For them, it’s not a reliable support base. Kajol Menon, executive director, Childline India Foundation, says: “The Childline calls tell us that child protection needs to be backed by on-the-ground infrastructure covering healthcare support systems, shelters, child-friendly police stations and judicial procedures. Helplines find it easier to draw children out as the anonymity helps them speak freely”.

August 18, 2008

Monday, 11th Aug, 2008
Times of India
 Over 12% victims of sexual assault did not share their trauma with anybody for 10 yearsor more, reveals a Delhi NGO study from 2000 to 2008.
 Almost 65% women had different symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder even 6 months after the assault
 The same percentage said they had suicidal thoughts intermittently for two years
 NCRB statistics show that between 1953 and 2006, incidents of rape grew by 678%. Every 27 mins a woman is raped making it the fastest growing crime in India.

August 12, 2008

Horrifying child abuse statistics

SUNDAY JAN 7, 2007
Hindustan times :
350 odd victims of child abuse lodged at the Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi

TUESDAY, JAN 9, 2007
Study by NGO , Rahi - About 50% of child abuse victims are under 12 years of age

4000 city children have vanished in 5 years :
Statistics recorded by the Mumbai police reveal a disquieting rise in the number of children who go missing every year. Figures are grim :
Year / Reported missing / Untraced till date ( Rising figures)
2006 / 3836 / 948
2005 / 3709 / 686
2004 / 3533 / 673
2003 / 3587 / 715
2002 / 3477 / 670

Mumbai’s Street Fighters
More and more children on the city’s streets continue to fight that war for survival even as government sits on a policy.
20000-2.5 lakh street children in Mumbai
18 lakh street children in India
68 NGOs for street children in Mumbai

Vipul Kadri, founder and national director of Save the Child India says’ “ Mumbai is the major centre for child trafficking There are no protection or rehabilitation plans for rescuing children from the flesh trade and law enforcing agencies are not seriously pursuing cases of child abuse.”

CRIME AND THE CITYSource: Mumbai Police - Times of India, Jan 14, 2007

2006 Registered / Detected
Rape of minor girls 93 / 89
Rape of women 46 / 42
Outraging modesty 288 / 249
Intended insult to modesty 88 / 70
Dowry related murders 12 / 10
Dowry related suicides 40 / 34
Dowry related physical/mental harassment : 247 / 203

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007
Punjab renews hunt for 400 missing kids- More than 300 children were reported missing in 2005. In 2006, the number shot up to 490. Similarly in M.P, around 611 children went missing from 7 towns in 2006 - 282 from Bhopal
129 from Indore
108 from Ujjain
33 from Dhar
28 from Khandwa
16 from Mandsor
and 15 from Khargone

Times of India:

Crime stats of the National Crime Records Bureau show chilling figures:
Child rapes went up by a whopping 13.7% in 2005, while crimes against children went up by 3.8%
According to a survey conducted by Save the Children:
68% had faced physical abuse
46.6% faced severe abuse leading to injuries
32.2% had their private parts touched by the abuser
20% forced to have sexual intercourse
50% do not get any leave, 37% never see their families
32% had no idea where their daughters were working, 27% knew they were getting abused
78% received less than Rs.500 per month

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2007
Times of India

Exposure to online porn on the rise among US teens: Statistics show that :
Most kids who reported unwanted exposure were aged 13 to 17 ( 17% boys and 16% girls)
Among those who intentionally visited X rated sites there were more than 1/3rd of 16 and 17 year old boys and 8% of girls

Crime on the tracks
Year 2006
Cases - Outraging modesty / Detected
12 / 10

Friday, Feb 9, 2007
Mumbai Mirror

712 children still missing in UP
Lucknow: As many as 3641 children went missing in 2006, police have recovered the bodies of 83 so far. The complaints were all of children under 18 years of age. Statistics show the following figures:
Meerut – 848 missing children
Kanpur – 806
Lucknow – 767
Varanasi – 510 : Of these, 2751 were boys and 898 girls, mostly in the 10 -18 yrs
Bareilly – 285 : age group, 488 in the 5-10 years and 145 under 5 years of age
Gorakhpur – 282
Allahabad -143

Monday, Feb 19, 2007
Times of India

In 2 years, 4500 kids missing in Bangalore : Officials fear another Nithari as State capital has highest cases throughout Karnataka.
2005 3264 missing out of this – 2208 from Bangalore
2006 3631 missing out of this – 2316 from Bangalore

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2007
Missing in Bengal:About 60 percent of the minors who went missing in the country last year were from West Bengal, the Centre said on Monday.
3916 cases Missing persons below 18 years
2529 cases from Bengal, followed by Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Assam
94 cases from UP

Saturday, March 10, 2007

A study conducted by Prayaas with support from Unicef and the Department of Women and Child Development, has found that over 50% of the children interviewed reported some form of physical, sexual or economic abuse. Out of these 25% respondents were sexually abused, and 30% of them by family members or relatives. The study covered 13 states – Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal, U.P, Kerala , Goa and M.P – up to Dec 2006. The Department of WACD will be asking the Planning Commission for Rs.2000 crore in the 11th Plan (as against Rs.215 crore in the last plan ) for various child protection schemes.
25% : subjected to sexual abuse
71% : beaten, with 29% requiring medical attention and 56% bleeding from the assault
80% : faced emotional abuse


Employing minors in prostitution is a billion dollar industry and the victims are often as young as 8 years. In recent years, Mumbai has emerged as one of the leading markets for trafficked minors who engage in prostitution/commercial sexual abuse of a minor, and thriving due to the increased sex tourism in Mumbai, Goa and surrounding coastal areas. Demand for younger, pre-puberty girls has hit an all time high and even those as young as 7 and 8 year old are forced to work in red-light areas as ‘professional call girls’. Statistics shown below reflect the horrors of the trade.

FAIR MINOR Between 1-1.5 lakh per night
DUSKY MINOR Between 75,000 to 1.25 lakh per night

1998 Girls as young as 18 years
2000 15 years
2003 12 years
Today 8 years

Client list : Affluent businessmen, members of the film and advertising fraternity, diamond merchants and politicians
Yearly rise : Almost 30%

Thursday, March 22, 2007
Times of India

British Asians feel reporting child abuse affects ‘honor’
London: Over ⅔ of British Asians think that reporting child abuse would have a negative affect on the honor of the child’s family, according to a survey. The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) questioned over 500 Pakistanis, Indians and Bangladeshis – The result :
§ Sexual abuse was rated highest as demeaning to family honor, followed by physical abuse and emotional abuse
§ 37% of the sample had suspected a child was being abused and half of them knew the child personally

Saturday, March 24, 2007

In ‘safe’ Mumbai, women remain on edge / City hurts women on streets, in home
Mumbai supposed to be one of the safest cities in India, is fast showing signs of increasing crime rates, especially against women. All too often, the crime starts before a girl is born, as is all too evident in the rising cases of female foeticide. If statistics don’t lie, abuse of minors is on the rise
In 2001 - 97 minors were raped in the city
In 2006 - numbers swelled to 112
In 2007 - 27 cases of rape of minors have been recorded in the first two months of 2007
In fact, rape of minors has outnumbered rape of elderly women

GRIM NUMBERS / 2001 / 2006
Rape (Minors) / 97 / 112
Rape (Women) / 30 / 51
Outraging modesty / 257 / 355
Dowry related murders/suicides / 50 / 62
Mental and physical harassment / 121 / 310
Harassment other than dowry / 37 / 2
Misappropriation of streedhan / 43 / 54

§ 42% who suspected child abuse did nothing about their concerns.
§ Fewer than 4% reported the abuse, only 3% reported to social services, majority dealt with the issue themselves.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Year 2005 / 2006 Total rapes in Delhi
660 / 599
Minor victims ( 73 % ) / 481 / 437
Victims under 12 (14%) / 93 / 84

Monday, March 19, 2007
Hindustan Times

Sex education from next academic year
Going beyond the birds and bees
§ Aids awareness – 35% of reported AIDS cases in India occurs in people below he age of 29
§ 73% of children who participated in a NACO/UNICEF study in 2002 had misconceptions on transmission of HIV/AIDS
§ 2 out of 3 children/women in the 15-24 age group in Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and U.P have never heard about AIDS

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Hindustan Times

Birds, bees and shoeflowers
Why sex education cannot wait § A recent survey of 17000 children and young adults conducted in 13 states showed that over 25% have suffered sexual abuse of some kind.
§ Girls are maturing sooner and hitting puberty at 10-11 years in urban areas
§ School children are indulging in sexual behaviour at an increasingly early age
§ With increasing media exposure and internet providing easy access to pornography, students need to be educated early
§ An estimated 5.2 million Indians are infected by HIV

Sunday, April 1, 2007
H L Kaila’s book,
Victimisation of School Children highlights the need for sex education in the classroom.

A survey from the book shows that:
§ 3.2% of 325 students were forced to have sex with another student.
§ 1% were forced into the act by teachers.
§ Over 4% had been strip-searched in school.
§ Survey of 60 cyber cafes between Borivli and Andheri found 90% watching porn, of whom 60% were minors. Parents were in the dark about their children.

Monday, April 2, 2007
Every 29 minutes a woman is raped in India
Every 24 hours, a woman is raped in Delhi
70% of rape cases get reported
4 to 12% is the rape conviction rate

Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Times of India - 53% Indian kids sexually abused - Parents, Kin Perpetrators of the Crime: Survey

DNA – Half India’s kids are abused
Hindustan times – Capital shame / Delhi worst abuser of kids

§ More than 53% children report facing one or more forms of sexual abuse
§ Almost 22% faced severe sexual abuse, 6% said they were sexually assaulted
§ 50% of sexual offenders were known to the victim or were in positions of trust
§ 5-12 years group faced higher levels of abuse, largely unreported
§ 99% cases were of physical abuse, with 89% from parents
§ 65% underwent corporal punishment in schools
§ every second girl child reported facing emotional abuse, mostly from parents
§ 48% girls wished they were boys
§ Maximum levels of abuse reported from Delhi, A.P, Bihar and Assam
§ Boys face more physical abuse – 72.61% compared to 65% of girls

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Hindustan Times

The percentage who said “yes” to formal sex education in HT horizons survey
STUDENTS (%) /PARENTS AND TEACHERS(%) § Do you feel sex education should be made
compulsory in school? 82 /78
§ Do you feel awkward discussing sex related queries from students/children :Yes – 80%
§ How are your sex related queries answered?
Internet -28
Peers- 39
Parents- 6
Books -12
Magazines -13
Newspapers -1
Television -1
§ What according to you is the right age for sex education?
8-12 years :41 %
13-16 years :47 %
17-21 years :12 %
§ Do you have sex education in school
Yes :52%
§ Did it help (for those who had)
Yes: 67
§ Would you have wanted an informed teacher telling you about sex?
Yes: 68

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

400 PERCENT rise since 2003 in abusive pictures of children below 12, sold online by organized criminal groups.
The rising graph → 31,776 reports in 2006 of illegal images, up from 24000 in 2005
3000 number of websites on which illegal images were hosted
29% of images have most disturbing pictures, up from 7% in 2003

Sunday, April 22, 2007

One out of every two boys is sexually abused, says a recent govt. study.
§ Vulnerable spots are schools, where the abuser is often a child himself, and the most common breeding grounds for this is the boys’ toilet.
§ “ Boys and girls react very differently to sexual abuse. Boys get very scared. They think it’s something that happens only to girls and start believing that something’s wrong with their bodies.They become very secretive.”
§ The age of maximum abuse is between 9 and 12 years, just before the onset of puberty, says Dr. Rajan Mitra, Director of Delhi-based NGO Swanchetan. Abuse gained momentum at the age of ten and peaked between 12 to 15 years of age.
§ Any delay in the development of secondary sexual characteristics, like the breaking of the voice or growth of moustache could end up in such a child being specially targeted for looking and sounding effeminate.
§ While abused girls may display self-destructive behaviour, boys who are abused could become violent, or take to drugs, cigarettes or alcohol to prove that they are more of men.

Saturday, April 27, 2007
Hindustan Times

38.5% of children surveyed said their friends or classmates often touched or fondled their private parts.
24% said they were touched in that manner by their uncles or relatives
26.8% young adults recalled having sexual experience
THE SHOCKER : Majority of them said the sexual experience with friends or classmates were not necessarily abuse in nature, thus making it a consensual activity.
A child may be forced to say it was consensual sex

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Missing minor cases climb by 50% in two years
The number of Mumbai’s missing minors has consistently crossed the 100 barrier over the last 3 years.
Till 2003
Of the nearly 100 persons reported missing annually, minors constituted 60 to 70% of complaints registered.
In 2005
155 people including 93 minor girls and 29 minor boys were reported missing. Of these, 3 boys and 2 girls are still untraceable
In 2006
150 people were reported missing including 22 boys and 96 girls below the age of 18 years. Of the minors 4 boys and 30 girls are yet to be traced.

Sunday, May 13, 2007
Hindustan Times
HIV CASES: 2003 /2004 /2005/ 2006
Tested positive :29% /28% /32% /46%
8000+ HIV positive cases in Sangli – 2005-06
1000+ HIV positive orphans
165 orphans on regular treatment at the civic hospital

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Young get serious about casual sex – Promiscuity is just as common with rural youngsters:
The BSS (Behavioural Surveillance Survey) 2006 conducted on 40,000 people between the ages of 15 and 24 found that :
§ 1.5 crore (8.4%) youngsters are snuggling up for pre and post-marital sex
§ More than 15% of successful pregnancies in India are reported by teenagers
§ BUT awareness of HIV/AIDS has increased to 85.5%

Monday, May 21, 2007
Hindustan Times – Lost innocence
Times of India – Child abuse at Great Indian wedding
Marriages in India are occasions during which children are prone to sexual abuse, a central government –sponsored survey has found.

11.32% children reported having encountered sexual advances during a marriage
53.65% among them are girls
83% children either kept quiet or ignored the abuser
Most victims are 5 – 12 years old

Statewise % of girl victims % of boy victims
M.P 89.36%
Maharashtra 81.40%
Gujarat 78.79%
Delhi 75.14%
Rajasthan 64.41%

Other states were A.P, West Bengal, Kerala and Bihar. 12447 children in 13 states were covered in the survey.

Sunday, June 17 , 2007
It isn’t child’s play

Mahabalipuram orphanages are hotbeds of paedophilia. They arrange special rooms within the orphanages for foreigners willing to make ‘donations’.

Where does it begin?
§ The UN says most of trafficking victims originate in Asia, the CIS, Africa and Eastern Europe.
§ Their primary destination are all the developed nations
§ In descending order, the most prominent destination countries are Italy, the United States, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Greece, Turkey and Thailand
§ According to the world body, an estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year
§ Of 1.2 million, almost 1 million are sexually exploited in the multi-billion dollar sex industry

1. Interpol says Goa is a ‘paedophile’s paradise
2. More than 100,000 websites publish child pornography
3. Cops go ‘soft’ on suspects in order to maintain the tourism-friendly image of Goa.

Goa’s hall of shame
§ Alan Dow case
§ John Middleton case
§ Dominique Sabire case
§ Helmut Brinkmann case
§ Ernie Jean Francois case
§ Kenneth John Clark case

Monday, July 30 , 2007
Hindustan Times

Sex education, ok please / 7 out of 10 parents in metros give idea a big thumbs up
Survey conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai and Bangalore between July23rd and 27, 2007.
93 % supporters of sex education want it in secondary schools either for all teenagers or for
all students
72% believe most schoolchildren know very little/can’t separate myth from reality
68% think some form of sex education is necessary
7% want sex education inprimary schools
20% say no to sex education in schools

Tuesday,Sept 11th, 2007
State only next to M.P in crime

Crimes in Maharashtra – 2006 statistics relating to rape/sexual abuse
§ 1 rape case every 6 hours
§ 1 molestation case every 3 hours
§ 2 crimes against women every hour
§ 1 crime committed against children every 4 hours
§ An increase by 2.61% during 2006, as compared to 2005 in rape cases wherein the victims are in the age group 14 to 18

Mah has earned the dubious distinction of being second in having the maximum number of criminal cases in the country after M.P. While crime is on the upswing, the rate of conviction is lowest in the country.

Wednesday,Sept 12th, 2007
Times of India
50% lose virginity during college

Findings of a poll done among youth aged 15 to 19 show how important virginity fares in the minds of today’s young. 10% of teenaged girls and 20% of teenaged boys are not virgins and do not regret the fact Other findings :
§ About 75% of girls felt that an intact hymen was an irrevelant concept
§ About half were of the view that if a girl is raped , she should not be considered to have lost her virginity.
§ A third of the boys agreed that talk about the hymen was outdated
§ Two thirds of also refused to accept that rape victims should be treated as virgins

Thursday, Oct 4, 2007
Hindustan Times

Lust for minors growing in India, says survey
Unlike rest of the world, the lust of men in South Asia, especially India, is growing for younger women, said Gary Lewis, South Asia head of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday. In 1980s, women between 14-16 were preferred, then the age in 1990s went down to 10-14 and now it is even less than 10 years. “I have come across cases where even five year-old girls have been trafficked for sexual exploitation,” Lewis told HT but added that such cases are not very rampant.
Desire for younger women is not the prime reason. The growing fear of catching sexually transmitted diseases from older women and belief that having sex with younger women is a cure for many diseases had caused this increase in demand.

“Such had been trauma that couple of girls have lost their speaking power,” Lewis recalled, claiming that there are thousands of such girls all over India.

Monday, Oct 22, 2007
Hindustan Times
Child’s environment

Home to the second –largest child population globally, India is the world’s 6th most dangerous place for children. They also constitute 40% of human trafficking victims.

At home or at school, children remain equally vulnerable – A study by Shakti Vahini, an NGO working on anti-trafficking issues, found that 378 of India’s 600 districts are affected by human trafficking. India is a major source and destination for trafficked children and by conservative estimates, there are about 3 to 5 lakh girl children in commercial sex and organized prostitution.

The National Human Rights Commission estimates that around 45,000 children go missing every year and most of them end up in prostitution , begging, etc. 54% children have faced one or more forms of sexual abuse with states like A.P, Bihar , Assam and Delhi being the frontrunners in child abuse cases. Childen in the age group 5 to 12 reported higher levels of abuse and boys were as much at risk as girls.

Paedophilia : SE Asia’s unabating sordid saga
Hong Kong: The arrest in Thailand of Canadian paedophile Christopher Paul Neil, 32 was the culmination of an unprecedented appeal from Interpol for public help in finding hi. Neil is accused of sexually assaulting 12 boys and posting 200 pictures of the crime on the internet. His case is the latest to draw attention to the fact that:
§ Children are readily available in SE Asia for sexual predators who travel from the West for the sole purpose of having sex with minors.
§ Campaign groups say that much of the demand for child sex is homegrown and accuse authorities of often turning a blind eye, or even colluding in the abuse
§ Lace of public awareness
§ Lack of data
§ Lack of harsh punishments, which could act as a deterrent

DNAAdolescent boys, not girls , are bigger victims of forced sex
Ugly stats
§ 15% of boys and 3% of girls report non-consensual physical relationships
§ In the case of boys, 72% said the perpetrators were female friends
§ In the case of girls, 60 % said that the aggressors were neighbours.
§ When it came to unwelcome touch, the most common perpetrators for girls were strangers, and with boys , female friends, age unknown.

Samir parekh, consultant psychiatrist at Max Healthcare, New Delhi said that boys were less likely to report , because it sounded culturally inappropriate to say they were forced into it by a female friend of the same age.

§ Results from a cross – sectional school-based survey of 811 high school students (average age : 16 years) in Goa found that 1/3 had forced sex . The study also found a constellation of risky behaviour and poor mental and physical health outcomes associated with sexual abuse.
§ Bangalore street boys said they were both perpetrators and victims of coerced sex.

WHO estimates – globally
§ 150 million girls and 73 million boys below the age of 18 were victims of sexual abuse in 2002
§ Fathers and male relatives were most common perpetrators, followed by peers, caregivers, teachers, religious leaders, family friends and neighbours.
§ Boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 13 years are at greatest risk.

Other effects of sexual abuse were reported as:
1. Adolescent pregnancy
2. HIV infections
3. Gynaecological and reproductive problems
4. Chronic pelvic pain
5. Premenstrual distress
6. Inadequate or excessive prenatal weight gain
7. Emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, sexualized behaviour and substance abuse.

Thursday, Nov 1, 2007
Times of India

Delhi teens have multiple sex partners
A survey conducted by the department of community medicine at University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) at 2 colleges and three schools in south Delhi has come up with startling findings – one in 10 teenagers from affluent south Delhi families said they had lost their virginity. Some of the findings were:
10% students admitted having sexual intercourse
Among them 25% boys had sex before the age of 13
57% had multiple partners (75% of them never used condoms)
30% had consumed alcohol or drugs before sex
Most sexually active students belonged to nuclear families where one or more family members were heavily into smoking or drinking

Saturday, Nov 17, 2007
Times of India

Mumbai : Over 60% of college girls face sexual harassment

Monday, Nov 19, 2007
Kids at risk as families change shape

Abuse threat higher for American children living in homes without both biological parents –
Children living in households with unrelated adults are nearly 50 times as likely to die of inflicted injuries as those living with two biological parents
Children living in stepfamilies or with single parents are at higher risk of physical or sexual assault than chidren living with two biological or adoptive parents
Girls whose parents divorce are at significantly higher risk of sexual assault.
Scholars and caseworkers involved in cases of child abuse are also worried by the trend in US households of the abusive boyfriend syndrome – the alleged or convicted perpetrator being the boyfriend of the child’s mother.

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2007
Hindustan Times

Horror stories of children abused in government-run remand homes and shelters, and their poor living conditions, abound.

Social activists working with children's homes are irked with the state's apathy in improving their condition. Advocate and human rights activist P. Sebastian who works for the welfare of children says "No one is really interested in improving things; who will take care of these children?"
Besides living conditions, child right activists say children are exploited physically and sexually. "Sexual abuse in some of these homes is rampant," said activist Asim Sarode.

Maharashtra has 56 observation homes (14 run by the state and 42 by NGOs), 148 children homes (32 government-run and 116 run by NGOs), 4 special homes (3 state run and 1 by an NGO). The state has 37 child welfare committees. Besides, city advisory boards have been set up for monitoring (Information from Ministry of Women and Child Development website)

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2007
Crime and the city

STATISTICS (Plateauing off )
2003 /2004 /2005 /2006 /2007(till Nov)
RAPE :133 /186 /198 /163/ 160

Thursday, Dec 20, 2007
28,258 number of people viewing pornography on the internet, every sec, worldwide
1500% percentage increase in the number of internet child pornography images since 1988
80% percentage of online predators who were explicit about their intentions with youth
$97.06 billion worldwide pornography revenue in 2006. Approx $13 billion was in the US
4.2 million number of pornographic websites on the web.

Thursday, Dec 27, 2007

Sex education curbs sexual appetite : study
Despite all the brouhaha about sex education in schools, the fact that formal sex education among teenagers effectively reduces sexual risk behaviours has more scientific validation now. It is important that sex education is provided before the child’s sexual initiation, says a research published in the latest issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, after a study based on America’s 2019 unmarried teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 years.
§ Sex education was found to be especially more important for those subgroups that are traditionally at high risk of early sex initiation.
§ 59% girls and 71% boys were less likely to start have sex before age 15 if they had received sex education
§ School going boys were 3 times more likely to use birth control the first time they had sexual intercourse.
§ Boys living in single-parent households were more likely to delay sex .

These findings may also have bearings on Indian conditions too, since teenage sex is fast emerging as a trend in India too.

Saturday, Jan 5, 2008
Times of India
Maha worst in sex abuse convictions

Maharashtra tops list of states lenient in terms of punishing those who commit crimes against women.
Karnataka 6.2
Gujarat 6.9
W.Bengal 11.0
J&K 11.2
Maharashtra 11.5
All – India 30.7

Sunday, Jan 6, 2008
Times of India
Rise in rapes tops all crimes, up 678% / ‘Cops, courts don’t protect women
The NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) records have come as a shocker. Though overall figures of violent crimes under the Indian Penal Code have declined, there is a 678% increase in the number of rapes. The NCBR data also points to the profile of the average rapist – over 75% were known to the victims. Nearly 10% were relatives. About a quarter of the rape victims were minors.

Monday, Jan 14, 2008
Hindustan Times
A rape every 30 min

Every hour in India, 18 women become victims of crime. Number of rapes has increased nearly 700% since 1971. Delhi tops the list, followed by Hyderabad. Among the states, A.P tops with U.P and M.P following. J & k , with 2509 rapes and 950 molestations in a year, has also become one the most unsafe states in the country.

Rape Statistics
A.P Registered cases 21484 (13% of the total incidents in 2006)
U.P 9% of the total cases
M.P Highest number 2900 rape cases
Across the country 19,348 rape cases in 2006
Girls below 15 years 1593 (8.2% of the total cases)
Teenaged girls 3364 ( 17.4% )
Age group (18-30 years) 11,312 cases
Rise in rape 5.4% rise in 2006 over 2005
Offenders known to victims 75.1% of the cases

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008
It’s time we protected our children

9.6% Students, according to US dept of education, who are targets of educator sexual
misconduct, sometime during their school career
90% Rapes of children under the age of 12, where the victim knew the perpetrator of
the crime
37% Women in prison in US who have been sexually abused as children
33% Abused children who will grow up to abuse their own children
80% Abused children who will manifest at least one psychiatrist disorder before age 21
3m number of reports of child abuse made in the US , every year
3 number of times abused teens are less likely to have safe sex

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008

Neighbours are culprits in half the rapes in Surat -Out of 45 rape & attempt to rape cases lodged in the last one year, neighbours were found involved in 23
SURAT: Figures collected from different police stations in the city by DNA show that neighbours were involved in 23 out of the 45 rape or rape attempt cases registered in the city in 2007. In 18 of these cases, the victims were girls aged between three and 15.
Neighbours were followed by other close acquaintances such as friends, who were involved in six cases of the heinous crime. In three cases, rickshaw drivers were found to be involved, while the crime was committed in one case each by a tenant and a landlord. Lover and to-be husband were found involved in two rape cases, while the father of a victim was the guilty in one case.

Sunday, 9th March, 2008

A new casualness about sex on the Indian campus
Mumbai : A new survey conducted by the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), a UN-based body, confirms that youngsters in India are getting more sexually active. “The reason why most kids had sex was peer pressure. Many were led to believe that refusing to have sex would ruin the relationship.” said Sanjay Mohanty, a co-ordinator of the survey which was completed late last year. The research will soon be presented to the government which is formulating a national youth policy.

In an earlier study by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, more than a third of the respondents reported having sexual intercourse before the age of 18. Hotels have come up around colleges to cater to this young crowd, some offering rooms on an hourly basis, or chadarbadli as they call it, for Rs200-500. Those who can’t afford hotels go to coffee shops .A popular chain of coffee shops in Mumbai is known to provide students with condoms too on request.

There are other options like parking lots or beaches and resorts in Madh, Alibaug and Aksa. Discotheques too have started catering to students. But even as more youngsters indulge in casual sex, experts say sex education has not kept up with the sexual activity, leading to risky behaviour.
The IIPS study across six states, which questioned youngsters in the 15-24 age group, had some startling findings. Less than half of the youth interviewed knew that the first intercourse could make a woman pregnant. Only about a third of the young women had the correct information about condoms, and even fewer were well-informed about oral pills and IUDs. Doctors say sexually transmitted diseases too are on the rise because of unprotected sex, especially amongst youngsters, many of whom think taking the morning-after pill will do.

Wednesday, 19th March, 2008
Times of India

75% of all rapists are family members : Govt
New Delhi : About 75% of all rapes take place within the family, the government has admitted, in what is a glaring pointer to inadequacies in the present laws.

Saturday – 5th April, 2008
School van horror confirms Delhi as rape capital
Year Rapes
2005 646
2006 599
2007 544

Tuesday – 29th April, 2008
DNA / Times of India / Mumbai Mirror

Delhi’s rape graph goes up / No let up in Delhi rape cases : 2 more assaulted by kin / Housewife and teenaged girl raped in Delhi
As many as 14 cases have been reported in Delhi in the last fortnight ; the victims in most of these cases were minor girls.

Wednesday – 30th April, 2008
Hindustan times / Times of India

Stats confirm Delhi’s crime capital status / Delhi’s shame – 330 rape, molestation cases filed in 4 months
Shocking figures
331 sexual abuse cases this year – this includes 121 rapes and 210 molestations
9 minors among the 15 women raped this month
98% of cases show that the victims were known to the accused
68% of rape accused were illiterate,
24% studied upto class 10 and
80% belonged to the poor strata, say last year’s figures

Thursday – 8th May, 2008
Times of India
Alarming rise in rape of minors: Police data

MUMBAI: In a shocking trend, the number of minors becoming victims of rape this year has shown a sharp increase vis-a-vis those above 18 years, according to statistics with the Mumbai police.
For long, rape victims from across the city have been referred only to the police hospital at Nagpada by the cops for medical examination. Doctors and activists now plan to appeal to senior IPS officers to refer victims to the four super-speciality hospitals in Mumbai, which are well-equipped to deal with such cases. This is because the expertise of doctors from the super-specialty hospitals in handling such cases is high. There is better collection of evidence, assistance of laboratory aids and psychological counselling offered at these hospitals.

Rape cases registered / Rape cases solved
Minors /10 /10
Above 18 years /5 /5
Minors /11 /10
Above 18 years /5 / 4
Minors /5 /5
Above 18 years /5 / 4

Saturday – 5th July, 2008
Times of India
Dongri’s children’s home is living hell
Þ There are 7 Children’s Observation Homes in Mumbai administered by the Children’s aid Society – five in Mankhurd and one each in Dongri and Matunga
Þ The homes are grant-in-aid institutions, which run on state government funds
Þ Children rescued in cases of child labour, minors found begging, destitute children as well as those in conflict with the law are brought to the homes
Þ The premises on which the Dongri home stands was a prison in the colonial era. It houses 500 children.

Some shocking observations made by the TOI team which sneaked inside the walled institution a number of times and taped the testimonies of some of the girls:
§ Children, including girls between the ages of 14 and 16, are not given any undergarments and those given by parents or well-wishers are taken away.
§ Drinking water from a tank in the toilet
§ Skin infections
§ Torn clothes and no shoes
§ Poor quality of food with worms and the portions meager
§ Some children also made to cook food and beaten if the food didn’t turn out well
§ Soap in short supply, usually stolen
§ Children not segregated – children from middle class background housed with delinquents and mentally unstable children
§ No classes, no vocational training or any other form of entertainment like TV

However, the authorities on being questioned denied the charges and also said they were cash-strapped and ran the home with the help of NGO funding – with a monthly fund of Rs.635 for every child, there was little they could do to help the children.

Monday – 2nd June, 2008

90% of the children under the age of 12, who were raped knew the perpetrator
88% of the children were physically abused in families, perpetrators were parents
65% of school children have faced corporal punishment
80% of abused children manifest at least one psychiatric disorder before 21

Friday – 4th July, 2008

According to a 2006 Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecologist Societies of India (FOGSI) survey conducted across colleges all over India, girls between the age group of 16-18 were sexually active.

Wednesday – 30th July, 2008
Hindustan Times /Times of India

Þ More than 49 lakh adolescents under the age of 18 are married
Þ About 21% of boys and 28% of girls still get married below the legal age of marriage
Þ Nearly 20% of the 1.5 million girls married under the age of 15 years are already mothers
Þ Deaths of teenage mothers is common – higher in the 15-19 age group than in the 10-14 age
Þ Sexual relationship by 16 is more common, especially in case of girls, some without condoms and some with force
Þ In India, 10 million abortions take place annually and 20,000 females die every year due to abortion complications.