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Vijeta (name changed)

Gender Rights

Issue: Child Sex Abuse in children’s shelter

Factsheet:

  • 7200 children, including infants raped in India every year: Human Rights Watch.
  • Homeless shelters and orphanages are often found to be a false front for sex trade and human trafficking: Human Rights Watch.
  • Experts say that for roughly every reported case of sexual abuse in child care institutes, there are ten unreported cases.
  • A 2007 study of CCIs done by National Institute for Public Cooperation and Child Development found the most common diseases among children were tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases. (and therefore sexual abuse)
  • Recent Justice Verma Report cites rampant abuse in juvenile homes as a reason for not lowering Juvenile offenders’ age

What makes Vijeta a Real Hero?

At a time when the brutal Delhi gangrape braveheart united thousands across the country and led to candle marches and protests, at a time when a billion women rose to protest violence against women across the world, a young girl showed enormous courage to expose the sexual abuse she and 200 other inmates of an orphanage were subjected to everyday. 18-year-old Vijeta (name changed) has seen the worst side of children shelters. Orphaned, she was sent to the home at the age of 12. After six years of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of those who were meant to protect her, she ran away and reported the rampant sexual and physical abuse. Her testimony has led to the arrest of several people. 200 girls have now been rehabilitated.

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