Author: Pratishtha Vaidhya
Student of Indore Institute of Law
Harassment: A Tricky Issue
Once in a life almost every person faces issues regarding harassment, it could be emotionally, mentally or physically. Well, that doesn't only include women or girls, but slightly more inclined towards them. We all have been prey maybe as a teenager or maybe as an adult. But this is the stage where we're aware of the things that happen around us, we can differentiate between the good touch or bad touch, vibes around us or at least the faint amount of it.
What Is It?
Child maltreatment or Abuse is a terminology that we all have a grip on. But do we actually understand the criticality of this? Child maltreatment is the abuse and neglect that occurs to children under 18 years of age. It includes all types of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, negligence and commercial or other exploitation, which results in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power(WHO). This is a vast terminology, but we'll try to understand a few aspects of it.
According to the recently released NCRB data, 32,608 cases were reported in 2017, while 39,827 cases were reported in 2018 under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). In 2018, on an average 109 children were sexually abused in India every day, according to the National Crime Record Bureau, which increased significantly in 2019. These are the figures that have been observed and registered, but what about those children who weren't caught in with a hint of wickedness. They might consider them, but they don't dare spit it out to their foster parents. And there might be plenty of explanations for them to keep this a secret— maybe they're afraid nobody will understand them, they 'd think they 're just doing it for fun, they 're just going to shove them away thinking there's nothing like this or the worst thing, they would hear everything, they would understand everything, but they would say there's nothing that they can do about it just let stuff go!
As parents, guardians, elders it's our duty to teach our children basic knowledge about
2. Not trusting their parents when it's about their body;
3. Rape case hike to make them understand the peculiarity of the world;
4. Good touch and bad touch;
5. Not being extra friendly with someone;
6. And that you'll stand by them always.
Let's start elaborating them in a series as follows :
Sex is a word which is not a very favourite word to use in the family. Though, this word has its own significant role to play. This generation is awfully known to the facts that how we got to know this word 'sex', which definitely doesn't include or family and education. That's the reason we can understand this better why we should teach our kids the basic knowledge and bad consequences of it rather than the story of an angel that gave us to our parents as a gift.
Trust is a big thing.
One thing in our lives that we've got in our heads is that you can't trust anyone, not even your best friends with your secrets, then how you can trust someone with your body. Children should know that no one, means none can touch them whether they're the parents of their best friends or best friends of their parents.
Let them know the reality
We try not to fight or watch the news in front of them as it impacts them negatively. Yes, it is important, but at the same time they’ve to understand that this world isn't a fairy tale, there are people with completely adverse characteristics than a fairy tale. They should be knowledgeable about the fact that their country is lacking behind with the safety of children, hundreds and thousands of cases of rape are getting registered every day. They should know this not only because of their awareness but for them to realize this is something not good and they aren't supposed to think about doing that ever, not even in their thoughts.
Good touch and Bad touch
There is something with humans, they always get the intuition whenever something happens around them, with them either good or bad. This is what we have to make kids understand, to understand and trust their instincts. There's that vibe about someone touching you in a bad way, you've to stop them right there. None can touch your chest and Genital area if they do, they are not good. Never, ever allow your kids to sit in anybody's lap and never permit any person to lift up your child.
Share things with you.
Teach them from the very beginning to tell you things that happen to them. But that doesn't mean you are being a nosey parent that invades our privacy. It means you are a friend that they can count on.
Stand by them.
Reading these things isn't enough, you've to execute them as well. Discussing things about sex and all this to your kids, that too at this early age maybe is awkward. But your child's safety should be your priority, not the awkwardness. Give your kids a reason to count on you, they should never feel like that, you wouldn't understand the things they're going through. And it is your duty that you always trust your kids over any person or else you'll lose your kids trust and safety battle in one go. Always respond and take action if they tell you about something. And this isn't just about sexual abuse, this is something much more than that, it may be the issues they are facing with their friends, school, teacher or relatives it can be anything that is hindering their mental health. Their safety is your responsibility.
This world has touched the peak of crime, and the depth of inhumanity and there's no going back, nonetheless, crimes will gradually increase with time. Therefore, we must be guardians for the safety of children, which simultaneously will guide them to be a better person when they grow up. There are no specific reasons, why someone hurts children but showing supremacy of power or they themselves have faced abuse as a child, might be the reasons they desire for others to feel the same agony they suffered.
In India, any person who's convicted for abusing child i.e. causing mental trauma, physical injury, sexual assault, etc., shall be liable for the imprisonment of three years and pay a fine of Rupees Fifty Thousand. Punishment of imprisonment can be extended, depending on the severity of the crime. Every crime of child abuse There are no specific reasons, why someone hurts children but showing supremacy of power or they themselves have faced abuse as a child, might be the reasons they desire for others to feel the same agony they suffered. In India, any person who's convicted for abusing child i.e. causing mental trauma, physical injury, sexual assault, etc., shall be liable for the imprisonment of three years and pay a fine of Rupees Fifty Thousand. Punishment of imprisonment can be extended, depending on the severity of the crime. and attract the penalty to the person who has the knowledge of a crime.
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