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07/02/2013

India: Child Sex Abuse Shielded by Silence, Neglect

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*, New Delhi, 7 February 2013  – The Indian government should improve protections for children from sexual abuse as part of broader reform efforts following the gang rape and murder of a student in New Delhi in December 2012, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.

**A 12-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by three men in Varanasi, India. Police did not believe her account and beat up her father. © 2012 Human Rights Watch

**A 12-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by three men in Varanasi, India. Police did not believe her account and beat up her father. © 2012 Human Rights Watch

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Child sexual abuse is disturbingly common in homes, schools, and residential care facilities in India [2].

A government-appointed committee set up after the New Delhi attack to recommend legal and policy reform has found that child protection schemes “have clearly failed to achieve their avowed objective.”

The 82-page report, “Breaking the Silence: Child Sexual Abuse in India [3],” examines how current government responses are falling short, both in protecting children from sexual abuse and treating victims.

Many children are effectively mistreated a second time by traumatic medical examinations and by police and other authorities who do not want to hear or believe their accounts.

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