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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Child Sex Abuse: Mumbai Police's Face Of Shame !!!!

It's a shame! The city where I have spent the past six years and have been so vocal about its generosity and its inherent beauty - I am talking about Mumbai (India) here - is suddenly turning into a shame. Well, maybe not suddenly, but surely it is rearing its ugly head much more aggressively than ever before.

For the past few days, in fact a couple of weeks really, each day I open the morning paper, disturbing stories of sexual acts against small children scream at me. First there was this unsolved case of a two-year-old girl who was sexually molested and killed, then there was a three-year-old girl who was similarly sexually molested and killed, then a case of an eight-year-old who was sexually molested, then a 14-year-old who was sexually molested, and finally, a 07-year-old who was sexually molested. Most of these girls had been picked up while they were playing outside their homes, or were with some family member and somehow, were unfortunate enough that these family members slipped for a moment in their attention towards the child and the crimes took place.

It's a shame really, not only on all of us as a country, but more so on our police who has constantly not been able to create a safe environment for children. Most of these cases happened in parks and roadsides that had thick bushes. How is it that the Mumbai police isn't in on this and does not provide permanent beat cops for such places? We say that there are many many such places where such crimes can happen and its not possible to station a police at every single point. On the one hand we complain about India's uncontrollable population growth, and on the other, we complain about lack of manpower! Why aren't these many head counts being channelised into the right direction? Why aren't more people being hired to even work hand-in-hand with the police. If a regular person like me and others can think like this, why is it that those who really have the authority to get something like this in action not doing anything on these fronts?

And this is not just restricted to Mumbai, or even India. Toddlers as tiny as barely a year old are being subjected to sexual atrocities! What have we come to!!

I am also appalled at the general lack of concern parents have these days towards their children. We all know the world has changed, nothing is innocent and beautiful anymore for a child without proper adult supervision. But where is that adult supervision? We say that we need to take care of our kids. We are the same parents who then go on to say how tiring it is to take care of a child 24*7. We hand over the child's responsibilities to a maid. We gladly let the child go and play in the park alone. We happily send them over to their friends' homes. We may even allow them sleepovers. Of course some amount of independence is necessary for each child's individual growth, but it is extremely important to understand who those people are with whom we can place the utmost trust of our children. In these times and situations, instances of family members molesting children have come to light on many incidents, so it is even more important for us as parents to keep only a few chosen individuals who we know for sure will look after our children.

No child is safe from a molester - whether a girl or a boy - and it is up to us as parents, and up to us as adults, to ensure we can protect this innocence and help our children bloom and live in a carefree environment, and nurture them into happy, healthy and caring adults.

And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

Debolina Raja Gupta