New Delhi July 14, 2017: The Central government on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it last month it has blocked more than 3,500 child pornography websites but ruled out the installation of jammers in school buses to block these websites.
Telling the bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar that it was taking various other steps to deal with issue of blocking the websites carrying child pornography, Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand said that they have asked the CBSE to consider installing jammers in schools.
As she maintained that it was not possible to install jammers in school buses, petitioners Kamlesh Vaswani and the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association said that what Anand was saying was going back on what Central government had said earlier.
Women lawyers cited the Human Resource Development Ministry saying that installing jammers in the schools may not be feasible as it would also block the computers being used for academic purposes, but they can be installed in school buses.
“They can’t go back on their own affidavit,” a women lawyer said as Anand said that government was coming out with steps to address the problem in its entirety.
As Central government said that it would file the status report on the steps it was taking to curb the child pornography websites, the court gave it two days time.
Senior counsel Vijay Panjwani, appearing for Vaswani, said that blocking of 3,500 websites was nothing.
The court directed the next hearing of the matter on August 20. (IANS)
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One out of two children in India face child sexual abuse.
The perpetrators of sexual abuse among children are often close to them and trusted by the family.
The children from economically backward families are often trafficked and abused.
Information, awareness and communication are important tools for handling sexual abuse among children.
Child sexual abuse and child trafficking are rapidly festering problems in India, as a recent survey by World Vision India reveals that out of 45,844 children interviewed, almost half of them have been subjected to sexual abuse. The alarming statistics which indicate the unsafe circumstances faced by children also pose a glaring question: how do we know when a child has been abused?
Child sexual abuse is one of the least addressed issues in India, because of the taboo and the social stigma associated with it. Most children who have been abused refuse to disclose their discomfort out of shame and fear of punishment, as in most cases, the perpetrators of the child sexual abuse are persons who are explicitly trusted by the family. According to a survey conducted by the Government of India in 2007, the sexual abuse of children occurs mostly between the ages of 5 and 12, when they are unable to articulate their pain, as they lack the basic training to discriminate between affection and abuse.
Child trafficking in India
The problem of child sexual abuse in India among children is further intensified by the issue of child trafficking, as many economically backward families with multiple children often engage their children in labour, in an effort to earn their daily subsistence. The children employed in illegal labour are often trafficked away from their homes and even outside the country, where they become victims of child sexual abuse. The education system in India, which is often inaccessible to the children of the underdeveloped sections of the society, also become victims of child trafficking, as they lack the awareness and the information which might protect them from child sexual abuse.
How to combat child sexual abuse
The main weapons in the battle against sexual abuse among children are communication and awareness. Once children learn to identify potential sexual predators, necessary steps may be adopted to ensure their safety and security. The development of a ‘safe space’ for children, where they may confide in adults without the fear of judgement or persecution might encourage them to disclose their concerns, which might help in the identification of potential threats which may hamper their well being.
“Despite one in every two children being a victim of child sexual abuse, there continues to be a huge silence. The magnitude of sexual violence against children is unknown,” states Cherian Thomas, the Director of World Vision India, claiming that one out of four families do not lodge complaints regarding cases of child sexual abuse. The unwillingness to engage in conversations regarding the growing menace of sexual abuse and trafficking among children also pose a major problem while combating with issues that threaten the safety of children. “I feel it is time that we all come under one banner and umbrella to focus our work around child protection,” said Cherian, encouraging parent-child conversation regarding sexual violence, as a measure to combat the prevalence of such crimes.