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CHILDLINE India Foundation

  • 20 Feb 2020
  • 2 min read

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According to the data compiled by the CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF), 35% of the total cases of sexual abuse were committed by neighbours.

CHILDLINE India Foundation

  • CIF is the largest network of agencies involved in protection of children.
  • CIF is the nodal agency appointed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development to manage CHILDLINE helpline 1098 - a free, emergency phone service for children in need aid and assistance.
  • It is also the sole agency/body responsible for establishing the CHILDLINE service across the country, monitoring of service delivery and finance, training, research and documentation, creating awareness, advocacy as well as resource generation for the service.

Key Points

  • Number of Phone Calls: The largest number of phone calls were made to seek intervention for abuse cases (17%), followed by those pertaining to child labour (13%), education (12%), runaways (11%) and missing children (11%).
  • Nature of Abuse: The nature of abuse children suffered shows that 37% of the complaints were about child marriage, 27% about physical abuse and 13% regarding sexual abuse. The remaining 23% constituted emotional, corporal, domestic and cyber abuse.
  • Profile of Abusers: The analyses show that 35% of the total 8,000 cases of sexual abuse were committed by neighbours, 25% by strangers and 11% by family members. The remaining 29% of perpetrators were friends, relatives, teachers, institutional staff, hospital staff, police and step parents.

Source: TH

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