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In a ghastly incident, a nine-month-old baby was raped and murdered by a 28-year-old man on June 20, 2019 in Hanmakonda, Warangal, Telangana. The baby, Srihita, was abducted, sexually assaulted and gagged to her death. Though the incident took place in the neighbouring Telugu State, it shook the whole nation. A huge protest demonstration was held in Hanmakonda demanding capital punishment to the culprit, Praveen Kumar. A fast track court was also formed for the case. Praveen Kumar was sentenced to death by a local court on August 8, 2019, the first conviction under the amended POCSO Act.

Taking note of rise in child rape cases and violation of child rights in India, the staff of Gender Project along with Human Rights Clubs conducted a month-long candle light campaign asking people to protect children, end such violence against children and guarantee justice for the victims. The campaign against sexual abuse saw the participation from different walks of life, especially children in hundreds.

Moved by the horrific incident against the infant, the children – holding candles – marched through lanes of 25 villages in Atreyapuram, Ravulapalem and Kothapeta mandals voicing their concern,“this child is our child,” “Let’s protect every child in our village”, “Prevent Child Sexual Abuse”, “End Violence against Children” and “Protect Child Rights”.

HRC staff, M Prabhakar, addressing different gatherings, said that in every 15 minutes a child was being molested or raped somewhere in India. He said that parents generally believe that strangers commit such crimes and ask their children to avoid any kind of contact with strangers. In contrast, the studies say otherwise. He said about 90% of child rapes were committed by someone known to the victims. Moreover, only 1% rape cases against women were reported, he added, the other 99% cases go unreported because of shame, fear of retaliation and other reasons. Of 1,000 perpetrators, about 990 walk free.

Talking about more sickening incidents, he said that a 94-year-old woman and 2-and-half-week-old boy were sexually abused last year. The HRC staff added that the rights of the helpless continue to be violated by the strong in society. The responsibility of protecting the children rests with everybody, starting with the government, and including the youth, not just parents. Addressing the youth in villages, M Prabhakar invited the youth to be the pillars that strive to make villages free from violation of basic child and human rights. He asked the youth to be active and see that violations of rights won’t take place in their villages. He added that youth should work towards making villages child friendly.

On the occasion, Gender Project staff member Surya Prakashasked “how many parents here were spending time with their children”? He added that parents these days were busy with routine like cooking, cleaning dishes, washing clothes, going to work and church and mostly importantly getting stuck to TVs and the serials. They were turning a blind eye to their children. And the gap between children and parents was only widening with each day! He added that the violation of child rights begins from the home with parents violating the right of a childto be heard. Surya Prakash said that parents should create an atmosphere where children would feel comfortable in expressing their feelings and concerns. He added that respecting of rights should start from home.

Sharing shocking stories where children being sexually assaulted by teachers in schools, an anganwadi teacher, who has four daughters, said that parents should spend at least 5-10 minutes with their children and find out what they did the whole day. She added that it was our duty to see that our children were safe and sound.


YaR DAY 2018 – I
Rajamahendravaram, 8-9 December 2018

YaR Day Celebrations – 2018 kick-started with participants singing melodious songs on December 8, 2018 at Nethanja Residential High School, Rajahmundry. Around 300 people, including children of the 6 province YaR centres, teachers and directors of Don Bosco institutes from Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Kurnool, Warangal and Hyderabad and volunteers from Austria, Germany and Italy took active part in the celebrations. The programme included various games and competitions for all the participants.

State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) member Gandhi Babu was the chief guest. The Salesian Provincial Fr. Vijay Bhaskar SDB, Mayor P Rajani Sesha Sai, Child Welfare Committee Chairperson Mrs. Padmavathi, Rajahmundry SHE Team Assistant Sub-Inspector M. Rasheeda, YSRCP Floor Leader Sharmila Reddy and Oye Ninne fame M Bharat were among the honourable guests who graced the dias.

Addressing the gathering, Fr. Balashowry, the YaR coordinator for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, welcomed SCPCR member Gandhi Babu and everybody present on the occasion. Saying that this is the 20th YaR Day celebrations, he added that children from various parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh meet every year at this platform to encourage and support each other. He pointed to this year’s theme as “Protect Children from Violence”.

The inaugural session began with all the guests on the stage lighting the lamp at 10:50 am. The Provincial pointed out that Don Bosco considered childhood as a crucial phase of human life and every child should lead a happy and free life. The speaker added that the Don Bosco organisations seek to ensure such a possibility for children. Quoting a study by UNICEF, he said that one youth was succumbing to violence every 5 minutes somewhere in the world. For society to change, we need to change first. The Provincial concluded saying that we all need to work towards a better future of all children. He added that the YaR centres were special NGOs that work with orphans, semi-orphans and children who find shelter on the streets. He added that the organisation not only provide education but also teach them how to love each other and spread love across the society.

Welcoming the theme of the YaR Day, “Protect Children from Violence”, Oye Ninne fame M Bharat said that children should not be subjected to violence. He added that it was important to identify the root cause of a problem to eradicate it. Moreover, the government should adopt children, provide education and see that they succeed in life, the actor said. Saying that education is as important as food, he asked students to study hard and reach high positions. He added that he would work, in consultation with elders, on the root cause of the problem and take action against it. He said that he was determined to establish an orphanage and an old-age home in the name of his grandfather M Rama Rao. The idea was to create a space where orphan children could see parents in elderly people and vice-versa. He concluded saying that he would work towards the welfare of children.

Retired Commerce Prof. V A Narayana said that the government should encourage children with regard to finance, facilities for mental health, etc. Asking the participants not think that they are orphans, he said that they would, one day, become self-supporting. He assured the gathering that some of the participants would become teachers, doctors, engineers, scientists, some day.

Asking to aim high and to dream high, YSRCP floor leader Sharmila Reddy added that everybody had hidden talents. Not everybody may be good at studies, some will be good at music, some at drawing, sports and so on. With several organisations coming forward, child labour – to an extent – has reduced in the city, the YSRCP floor leader claimed. Talking about self, she said that after being elected as the corporator she had adopted two government schools, Nehru Nagar High School and Nehru Nagar Municipal School, which are now providing facilities on par with private institutions.

Rajahmundry SHE team assistant sub-inspector M Rasheeda shocked the audience with the information that about 8,000 men were taken into custody by their team. They were counselled against teasing and bullying women which is actually sexual harassment. Warning against such acts, she asked the participants to respect women and elders, to study hard, and not to get involved in illegal activities.

AKWA founder president Md Arief said that real orphans were not the ones who didn’t have parents but friends. He added that the one who was without an aim was an orphan. He also said that the participants should grow to such an extent where they would be able to guide elders.

Explaining the pressure from politicians while stopping child marriages, resisting violence, talking about child rights, etc, SCPCR member Gandhi Babu said everybody who was drawing salaries from the government were accountable for the future of the children. He questioned the authorities why they were scared to question about the violation of the rights of children. The SCPCR member said those who violate child rights should not go unpunished.

At this point, all the guests who graced the dais were felicitated and given mementos. After the inaugural session the programmes of the YaR day continued. (To be continued)






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