To ensure that child abuse does not go unreported, the ministry of Women and Child development(WCD) is working on an online dropbox facility, which will enable children to complain about abuse or harassment in everyday situations, all while staying anonymous.
“This is another step in our fight against abuse and an attempt to increase the Laxman Rekha around children,” WCD minister Maneka Gandhi told The Times Of India.
The dropbox will also use an easy-to-understand combination of language, icons and pictures to ensure that even young children are able to file complaints easily.
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The project drew inspiration from ‘Operation Nirbheek’ started by Delhi Police, which enabled school girls to complain against abuse without revealing their identity. The operation was a success and many of the filed complaints were later converted into FIRs. WCD hopes to shed light on cases of child harassment in the same way.
According to a 2007 government study, around 69% of surveyed children reported that they had suffered from some form of physical abuse. The study, carried out across 13 states, also showed that one in two children had been subjected to sexual abuse. But around 70% of these cases go unreported because children are afraid of the backlash they may face after complaining.
The e-dropbox will be available on the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) website.