Unesco Paints grim Picture of Indian schools

Unesco Paints grim Picture of Indian schools

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Today:- New Delhi,May – More than one fifth of school boys in Delhi reported sexual violence compared to ten percent of girls, claimed a research report on school related gender-based violence ( SRGBV) by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The study undertaken by UNESCO was unveiled at the launch of a campaign by World Vision India to end child sexual abuse and exploitation by 2021.
After a depth interview with 768 students from Bihar and 591 students from Delhi, it has been found out That Bihar is exposed more to such than Delhi.
More than 70 percent of the children who faced sexual violence belong to government schools. Also, 60 percept of the victims are in the age group of 14-16 years compared to only ten percent of students in Bihar.
Surprisingly, the study found that such incidents were reportedly less in Co-ed schools.
The study also focused on the perpetrators and the action taken y school. “in most cases, the perpetrators were fellow class mates. When the concerned authorities were informed, no action was taken. In Delhi around 60 percent of the parents talked to the perpetrators,” said Sarita Jadav, UNESCO.
When dealing with the various kinds of violence faced by school goers, it was found that 55.9percent of boys faced comments based on looks, religion, and economic status.
Speaking on the issue, Razia Ismail, Convenor at India Alliance for Child Rights (IACR), said that society “hushes up the incident” as people attribute violence against children as an affront to their honour.
“We really need better research and investigation in the field to come up with preventive measures,” said Ismail.
However, Chiranjeeb Kakoty from the National Action Coordinating Group against Violence against Children (NACG) wanted the elimination of the problem altogether.
“WE wait for the crime to occur and then track the victim. Instead of taking preventive measures we must eliminate the problem entirely,” Kakoty said.
However, Robin Hibu, the Joint Commissioner of Police for the Special Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC) turned up late as he was busy rescuing a minor girl child from Timarpur. H wanted a decisive strike against the perpetractors of sexual violence by setting up a state of the art forensic lab in Delhi using the NIrbhaya fund.
“I had a word with Nirbahaya’s mother after the court verdict and she asked me what now after this? I replied: Mother, you just wait. I want to do something with the Nirbhaya trust. In most cases the accused escapes due to poor evidence. All we need to. All we need is some land in Delhi and a forensic lab,” said Hibu.
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