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Rise in child rape, abuse a 'national emergency': Satyarthi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Nobel Laureate today described as a national emergency the alarming and unstoppable rise in and abuse of children, and urged political parties to devote one day of Parliament to formulate plans for expeditious delivery of justice to the victims.

Stories of child and such as that from Kathua, Unnao, and will continue to emerge every day in the absence of a responsive and speedy justice delivery system, he said here at the release of a report, titled The Children Cannot Wait', that highlights the situation of pendency of child cases in the country.

"Each time a daughter is raped and killed, India's soul is raped and killed. Every day, 55 children are raped in The ideals of a progressive and free will never be realised as long as our children are unsafe, said.

I call (on) all the political parties to devote one day in Parliament to formulate a 'National Budgeted Action Plan' for expeditious delivery of justice for and against children, he said, according to an official statement.

The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner reiterated his demand for a national children's tribunal' to uphold the principles of natural justice for child survivors of abuse and also asked for exclusive fast-track courts for swift disposal of cases registered under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

Stories of child and such as that from Kathua, Unnao, and will continue to emerge every day in the absence of a responsive and speedy justice delivery system, said.

An eight-year-old girl was gang-raped and killed in in earlier this year.

In in Uttar Pradesh, a 17-year-old girl has alleged that she was raped by a BJP MLA.

In in Gujarat, a minor girl was raped, killed and left in a cricket field.

In in Bihar, a minor girl was raped by her neighbour.

The report, presented by the Children's Foundation (KSCF), outlines a state-wise timeline of pendency of cases of child

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 21:40 IST
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