Five-year-old rape victim in India puts spotlight on child abuse
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 01:37
April 26- The brutal abduction, rape and torture of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi puts spotlight on child abuse and the state of child protection in India. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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In New Delhi alone 14 children go missing everyday.
The plight of children in India has come into focus after the abduction, rape and torture of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi.
Others have lost children never knowing what happened -- like this father whose 11-year old daughter went missing five years ago.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) FATHER OF MISSING CHILD, AZHAR, SAYING:
"My family is shattered. She was our only daughter. We loved her a lot. She used to study and used to help her mother with the household work. This has affected us deeply."
It's a story too often told.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF "CHILDREN'S RIGHTS AND YOU", VIJI ARORA, SAYING:
"They are probably potential victims of rape, abuse, or they are being basically trafficked for labor purposes, or for commercial sexual exploitation, or being put in something like begging or even organ trading."
The poorest are often the most vulnerable. Children left to fend for themselves as parents try to make a living.
The laws are there to protect the children, but victims and families of victims say they are not enforced.
Psychiatrists say, with the proper help, children can overcome the abuse.
Child abuse and abductions are are often shrouded in silence.
Many fear that children will become ostracized if they talk openly about sexual abuse - putting a heavier burden on a system that critics say has offered little help or protection for those who need it most.
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