Published: 21st May 2018
Kozhikode leading in cases of child abuse : Childline report
The district Childline has prepared a report and a vulnerability map of cases registered in the Corporation, seven municipalities and 70 grama panchayats in the district.
The city has earned the dubious distinction of leading over other areas in most cases of child abuse. The district Childline has prepared a report and a vulnerability map of cases registered in the Corporation, seven municipalities and 70 grama panchayats in the district.
The report and map were prepared based on the cases reported at the Childline Intervention Unit from 2015-16 to 2017-18 and on the basis of data collected during the Bala Suraksha Yatra conducted by Childline in gram panchayats.
Childline recorded cases of child labour, beggary, child marriage, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, drug abuse, parents using drugs, child missing or runaway child or parent asking help, school dropout, denial of education and transportation issues.
In all these categories, except in the transportation issue, drop out and denial of education, the Corporation was ahead of local self-governments. In child marriage cases, the Corporation equalled Cherod gram panchayat. Three child marriages were reported from each of these civic bodies.
The highest number of cases - around 120 - relates to child missing or runaways or parents seeking help category. The next highest numbers were recorded in child physical abuse and child sexual abuse with 73 and 64 cases respectively.
Muhammadali MP, district coordinator of Childline, said compared to other local self-government institutions, Kozhikode Corporation was bigger in size. "The population is high. Another reason is the proximity of the Childline office. The office is accessible to city dwellers, so more cases have been reported from the Corporation area. Also, the number of cases are increasing every year," he added.
Enthused by the success of the Bala Surkaha Yatra in gram panchayats, Childline plans to conduct it in urban civic bodies too soon.