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A 34-year-old Pakistani Man Faces Charges of Sexual Assault of a Mentally-ill Indian Boy in Dubai

An increasing number of cases in the recent past have indicated that sexual abuse is not gender specific.

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  • Pakistani man faces charges of sexually assaulting an Indian-origin teenager
  • The accused is suspected to have taken advantage of the child suffering from a mental disability

Dubai, August 18, 2017: Sexual assault is not gender-specific. This has been proved yet again as the case of the assault of a mentally-challenged Indian teenager by a middle aged Pakistani man came to light.

A 34-year-old Pakistani man is at present facing charges for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old mentally challenged Indian boy in Dubai. According to a report in the Khaleej Times, the incident took place on February 23, this year, and was reported to the Al Rashidiya police station.
The case was presented to the Court that the accused took advantage of the victim’s mental condition and lured him for a ride in his car. The man picked the boy from his residence in Al Rashidiya and drove him to a remote, dark street where the boy was allegedly sexually assaulted. The man has been charged on the grounds of assaulting a male, as per the report by Khaleej Times.
The 18-year old victim is an Indian-origin student in Dubai and suffers from a mild mental disability that makes him unaware of his actions and behavior.
A police lieutenant was quoted saying that the boy had come to the police station with his father, hoping to lodge a complaint. “The teenager said that he was walking outside his place when he met the defendant and they exchanged mobile numbers”, he said.
The officer further added, “The accused called him shortly later and took him inside his car”. According to the report by ANI, the man allegedly demanded to have a sexual encounter with the boy, which he refused. Following this, the man took advantage of his mental condition and forced himself upon the boy.
The accused was said to have been arrested from his office, two days after the complaint was lodged.
According to the police lieutenant, the accused claimed that he had met the boy outside a grocery in Al Rashidiya, following which they exchanged numbers. The boy had asked the man for Dh10, which he did not give to the 18 year old, who then rode in his car. “He claimed the boy started touching him inappropriately which made him sexually assault him,” the lieutenant added, as per the report by ANI.
According to the forensic reports, the accused’s DNA was found on the boy’s body and his underwear.
The 34 year old accused is currently facing charges of assaulting a male in Dubai.

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One out of Two Children face Child Sexual Abuse: The Growing Problem of Child Sexual Abuse in India

A recent survey by World Vision India reveals that 50% children have faced sexual abuse in India

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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.

Children engaged in labour are often trafickked and sexually abused.
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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.

Children engaged in labour are often trafickked and sexually abused
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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.