ACHR highlights 630 cases of child sexual abuse in Mizoram between 2003-2009.

The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) while releasing its report titled “State of Juvenile Justice in Mizoram” today stated that there is an alarming increase in child abuse as well as juvenile delinquency in Mizoram, but the state government is not sincere in the implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act of 2000. Although the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act has been enacted more than a decade ago, the statutory support services namely the Juvenile Justice Boards and the Child Welfare Committees in Mizoram have been set up in all the eight districts only during 2010-11.

Sexual abuse of children remains high. A study commissioned by the Social Welfare Department of Mizoram government and released in October 2012 recorded 630 cases of child sexual abuse during the period of 2003 to 2009.

It is clear that children are not safe anywhere in the state as most cases of child sexual abuse were committed by relatives, friends and teachers of the victims.

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