In yet another shocking incident, a two-year-old boy was allegedly sexually assaulted at a playschool in Indian state of Kolkata on Monday (2).
The boy’s blood-stained pants made his mother suspicious who had him examined by a medical practitioner. Police officials told the media that a medical report confirmed the assault.
According to the mother, the boy was crying uncontrollably when she went to pick him up from school. She took him to the doctor when she found blood stains on his clothes. Upon examination. the doctor found injuries on his private parts.
When the boy’s parents confronted the school’s principal regarding the abuse, she denied the incident. They were also not shown the CCTV footage.
Later, the school’s principal told the parents that cameras haven’t recorded anything between June 26 and July 2, when the assault took place.
The police has registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
Crime against children has increased in recent times.
According to the latest data released by the National Crime Record Bureau, there has been a 11 per cent increase between 2015 and 2016. In 2016, the total number of crimes against children was 106958, and the previous year it was 94172.
Quoting these NCRB data, Komal Ganotra, Director Policy and Advocacy at CRY told PTI, “While this steep rise in numbers might have been the result of increased awareness among the people at large and the law enforcing agencies in recording crimes, it also indicates that children have become increasingly exposed to the risk of becoming victims in recent years.”