Save Tender Minds...

Oct 7, 2010

Today most news channels and newspapers are engulfed with news featuring atrocities against minors. Such news is truly devastating. India has become a hub of such monstrous crimes.

Atrocities against minors must be treated as heinous crimes and dealt with without an iota of mercy on the accused. The government must amend the applicable laws in order to incorporate the necessary changes. The guilty must be sentenced with capital punishment.

The saying 'justice delayed is justice denied' must be put to rest. The government must formulate separate fast track courts to deal with atrocities against minor ensuring timely adjudication of justice.

It is very important for the child to express such atrocities. It is the primary responsibility on the parents to develop a positive relationship with their children enabling them to express themselves even if they have been subjected to fear and threats of death or harm to kit and kin by their persecutors.

It is not uncommon that most often such atrocities are never brought to light fearing social stigmatization and the other related trauma. Unless an alarm is raised such atrocities will continue. The motto should be to take the guilty to task. The armchair commentators must set benchmark decisions that would not only deter criminals but would prevent such heinous crimes.

Schools/ colleges must take progressive initiative and invite psychiatrists to deliver talks enabling the children to be vocal about atrocity of any nature faced by them.

Children of today are the future of tomorrow. Let us join hands to prevent crimes against tiny tots that leave devastating imprints on their tender minds.

by Alma Banu
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Comment on this article

  • jawahar d'souza, mangalore / new york

    Sun, Oct 10 2010

    because of caste system and religion indians believe in destiny. Most of the abuse done by politicians and so called holy men of every religion. In united states all pedophiliacs are put in prison immidiately and many of them are so called holy men. But in india people and politicians worship the. Police and politicians are paid off and opposing crime victims are destroyed. as long as rogue politicians and religious secrets are not published by our media pedophilia will continue in India.

  • Sushma, India

    Sun, Oct 10 2010

    Very eloquently stated. Hope it is broght to right people's attention and something is done about this most horrendous crime of all.Very well done Alma.

  • Mirza, Delhi

    Fri, Oct 08 2010

    Alma you have written an interesting piece of article. I think watever you have written is very apt as per current scnerio. kudos!

  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 07 2010

    Children who form 42 per cent of the India’s population are at risk on the streets, at their workplace and even inside their own homes. It is unthinkable, but every year thousands of children become victims of crime – whether it is kidnappings, violent attacks, or sexual abuse. According to National Crime Records Bureau the Crime against children increased by 3.8 per cent nationally and child rape increased by 13.7 per cent. Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number among states and Delhi tops the list of 35 Indian cities.
    Unfortunately, in India, there is no separate, exclusive legislation to deal with the problem of child sexual abuse. The existing legislation – Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 is not fully efficient to curb the problem of child sexual abuse. The Act stated that every police station should have a juvenile police unit but we failed to have them. The offences against children bill that provides protection against sexual abuse, also await cabinet nod. Even Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (law on rape), Section 354 of the WC (law on sexual molestation) and Section 377 of the IPC (law on sodomy) are not fully effective to control sexual abuse because of its ambivalence in its definition.

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