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Australia issues apology to victims of child sexual abuse

The Australian government has issued a formal apology to child sexual abuse victims after a five-year investigation found that multiple organisations, including governments, schools, churches, and charities, “for decades failed to keep children safe,” the Guardian reported. Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke in the House of Representatives on Monday, October 22, with victim, survivors, families…

Five million children in Yemen at risk of famine: Save the Children

International NGO Save the Children has cautioned that five million children in Yemen are under threat due to potential famine, CNN reported. According to UAE state media, on Tuesday, September 18, the Saudi-led coalition mounted a campaign to retake the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, that is held by the Houthi rebels. According to Save…

Death of 10-year-old Somali girl triggers country’s first FGM prosecution

Somalia’s Attorney General, Ahmed Ali Dahir, has announced the country’s first prosecution over FGM, after a 10-year-old girl haemorrhaged to death after undergoing a traditional cutting in mid-July 2018, the Guardian reported. At a conference on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, Dahir said that a team of ten investigators had been dispatched…

More than 10,000 children killed or maimed due to conflict in 2017: UN Syria and DRC among places with maximum number of verified violations

The recently published Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict from the United Nations Secretary-General has revealed that, in 2017, “there was a large increase in the number of violations compared with the number reported for 2016”. The report notes that there were “at least 6,000 verified violations by government forces and more than 15,000 by a…

Norway approves ban on all child marriage

On Tuesday, May 22, the Norwegian parliament voted unanimously for a law banning all child marriage, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. Norway has a minimum age of 18, but permits those aged 16 and 17 to wed provided they have parental consent and permission from the county governor. A government spokeswoman said that very few people…

SC order on transferring Kathua Case outside J&K Read complete SC Order here

On May 7, 2018, the Indian Supreme Court issued an order directing that the Kathua gang-rape and murder case be transferred outside Jammu and Kashmir. The case where an eight year old Muslim Bakarwal girl was kidnapped, drugged, raped and murdered in Kathua in Jammu in January, will now be heard by a District Judge in…

Death Penalty for Child Rape: Knee Jerk Reaction or Careful Political Manoeuvre? Was the Ordinance passed with an eye on elections?

Riding on the outrage generated in wake of the horrific details of minor Kathua girl becoming public, the BJP government has passed an ordinance on death penalty and other stringent punishments for people who rape minors. Not only is this a regressive step but also this move is nowhere close to yielding the desirable results. This measure is only…

How Kathua’s Horror Story Unfolded In this video CJP attempts to put together all facts of the incident

The brutal gangrape and murder of an eight year old girl in Jammu and brazen attempt to defend the perpetrators shocked everybody in India. The Crime Branch chargesheet says that it was an attempt to drive Muslim Bakarwals out of the area.   Related: Outrage spills outside Kathua and Unnao Implement FRA to empower Bakarwals…

Boko Haram has kidnapped more than 1,000 children since 2013: UNICEF

Boko Haram militants in Nigeria have kidnapped more than 1,000 children in the country’s northeast since 2013, UNICEF has said. UNICEF has said that it has recorded more than 1,000 confirmed cases of kidnapping, but that the true figure could be more. According to UNICEF, over 1,400 schools have been destroyed and at least 2,295 have…

बाल यौन उत्पीड़न: 95 प्रतिशत मामले अभी भी लंबित हैं पीओसीएसओ(पोकसो) के दिशा-निर्देशों के कार्यान्वयन में महाराष्ट्र, उत्तर प्रदेश और मध्य प्रदेश सबसे खराब निर्वाहक हैं

बाल यौन उत्पीड़न के मामले देश में बढ़ रहे हैं और भारत के मुख्य न्यायाधीश दीपक मिश्रा की अगुवाई में तीन न्यायाधीशों की पीठ, ने उच्च न्यायालयों से यौन अपराधों से बच्चों का संरक्षण करने संबंधी अधिनियम (प्रोटेक्शन ऑफ चिल्ड्रन फ्रॉम सेक्सुअल ऑफेंस – POCSO), 2012 के तहत बाल यौन उत्पीड़न के मामले में लंबित केसों…

Shame on us Blog by Vidya Bhushan Rawat on Kathua Rape Case and the campaigns in support of the accused

Chilling details have emerged of the abduction, rape and murder of the tribal girl in Jammu by the goons affiliated to right wing Hindu organisations. More chilling is the fact that Jammu remained closed in support of those who were accused of the heinous and gruesome crime. The lawyers and advocates of the courts who…

बाल यौन शोषण – कैसे पहचाने और रोकें सामुदायिक संसाधन: अभिभावकों, शिक्षकों और अन्य जिम्मेदार वयस्कों के लिए तैयार दिशानिर्देश

बाल यौन शोषण भारत में महामारी के अनुपात पर पहुंच गया है. 2007 के एक महिला एवं बाल विकास विभाग की बाल यौन शोषण रिपोर्ट के अनुसार प्रत्येक दो बच्चों में से एक का यौन शोषण किया गया है. इसलिए इस खतरे को खत्म करना बेहद महत्वपूर्ण है. यहां बाल यौन शोषण को पहचानने और उसे रोकने…

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