ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Child Abuse: Destroying Illusions

The National Study on Child Abuse, the first-of-its-kind government study, covering 13 states and 12,446 children, found that 53.2 per cent of the surveyed children had experienced sexual abuse, 68.9 per cent were physically abused and 48.4 per cent were abused emotionally. Not surprisingly, the perpetrators were family members, household staff, teachers and others known to the child and the abuse was the most against children in the 5-12 age group. Surprisingly, boys are as much at risk as girls.

The survey questionnaire was administered to children belonging to five categories: children in a family environment, children in schools, children in institutions, children at work and street children. Mindful that the term “child abuse” means different things in different cultures and situations, the report has based its definition mainly on the World Health Organisation’s concept of child neglect, and of physical, emotional and sexual abuse for a working definition of child abuse.

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