Article Source :Deccan Chronicle
Date of Issue :9th September, 2015
Title of Article :Karnataka has seen 50% increase in crime against children
Recently the National Crime Records Bureau released data on crimes against children and it does not bring in any good news for children. In fact quite the opposite, most states have seen more than 10% increase in crimes against children since the last released data of 2010. A cursory look reveals that Karnataka is among the top five states where the highest number of children are murdered in the country. The other states include Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The NCRB data has seven new sections which includes POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, Juvenile Justice and the attempt to murder. But it must be noted that these newly added sections could also mean that perhaps now the number of crime registrations have increased.
It must also be noted that prior to the addition of these new sections, many crimes that are currently listed under POCSO were previously registered under Sections 367 (Rape) and 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman). While the data itself is alarming, we need to acknowledge that in certain places and sections of society there has been some improvement as far as awareness is concerned and there also seems to be greater willingness among people to go to police and register cases. But this data is also a reminder that there is still a lot more that needs to be done to protect and prevent our children from being victims of such crimes. Essentially crimes against children are preventable, but it calls for a comprehensive protection net that needs to be put in place.