October 11: Success, Challenges Of Girl Child

Malik Sameed

A girl child anywhere across the world is to be protected by all means possible but unfortunately in some part of society a small girls were raped and murdered brutally by some black sheep that are present in all societies. Every country has laws or has signed up to international conventions relating to protection of children.

In India, According to survey in 2015, 10,854 cases of rape under Section 376 of the IPC and under Sections 4 and 6 of the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act were registered pan-India, 2016 saw 19,765 of such cases being registered. While most number of minor rape cases were reported in n Madhya Pradesh (2,467), Maharashtra (2,292), Uttar Pradesh (2,115), Odisha (1,258) and Tamil Nadu (1,169).

In a shameful act, eight-year-old Muslim Bakerwal girl was brutally gangraped by eight men in a temple in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. She was reportedly held for days in the temple and raped. This rape shocked the whole world and indicates that a girl child is no more safe.

In another tragic, inhuman and unspeakable act of rape, torture and the murder of an 7-year-old Pakistani girl Zainab was raped, strangled and left in a dumpster.

The horrific rape & murder of little Zainab exposes once again how vulnerable our children are in our society. This is not the first time such horrific acts have happened.

While taking to Kashmir News Bureau Ashraf Khan said “It is very unfortunate that our girl child is no more safe anywhere in India or other country, we should take stand to protect our child in any how. We are now afraid of letting our children leave the home.”

According to the NCRB’s data, the state of Jammu and Kashmir even did not report a single rape case of children in 2015, but unfortunately in 2016, 2017 and 2018 21 different cases were registered.

Malik Saim a girl child parent said “Children are supposed to be protected. They’re supposed to have a childhood spent stressing about playtime before homework and about making up with their best friends over tiffin fights. But in India, children are scared. And they should be.”

The girl child day is to highlight the successes and challenges that the girl child faces everyday in her life as well as plan how to scale hurdles that lay ahead. It is a day institutionalized by the United Nations. (KNB)

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