Study on Child Abuse: INDIA 2007
The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India shares
the report of the National Study on Child Abuse titled “Study on Child
Abuse: INDIA 2007″, which was launched by the Hon’ble Minister of State Smt. Renuka Chowdhury.
The aim of the study was to develop a dependable and comprehensive
understanding of the phenomenon of child abuse, with a view to facilitate the formulation of appropriate policies and programs meant to
effectively curb and control the problem of child abuse in India. The
National Study on Child Abuse is one of the largest empirical in-country
studies of its kind in the world. This study also complements the UN
Secretary General’s Global Study on Violence against Children 2006[read more
The initiative of the Ministry to conduct this study was supported by
UNICEF and Save the Children. A Delhi based NGO, Prayas was contracted
to design and conduct the research and submit a preliminary report. After the submission of the preliminary report, the MWCD appointed a
Core Committee to review the complete data, analyze the findings and produce the final report along with recommendations…
The study has provided revealing statistics on the extent and magnitude
of various forms of child abuse- an area by and large unexplored. The study has also thrown up data on variations among different age groups,
gender variations, state variations and variations within evidence groups. The findings will help to strengthen the understanding of all
stakeholders including families, communities, civil society organizations and the state.
1. Across different forms of abuse, and across different evidence groups, the younger children (5-12 years of age) have reported higher
levels of abuse than the other two age groups
2. Boys, as compared to girls, are equally at risk of abuse
3. Persons in trust and authority are major abusers
4. 70% of abused child respondents never reported the matter to anyone
1. Two out of every three children are physically abused
2. Out of 69% children physically abused in 13 sample states, 54.68% were boys
3. Over 50% children in all the 13 sample states were being subjected to one or the other form of physical abuse
4. Out of those children physically abused in family situations, 88.6% were physically abused by parents
5. 65% of school going children reported facing corporal punishment i.e.two out of three children were victims of corporal punishment
6. The State of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi have almost consistently reported higher rates of abuse in all forms as compared to other states
7. Most children did not report the matter to anyone
8. 50.2% children worked seven days a week
1. 53.22% children reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse.
2. Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi reported the highest percentage of sexual abuse among both boys and girls.
3. 21.90% child respondents reported facing severe forms of sexual abuse and 50.76% other forms of sexual abuse.
4. Out of the child respondents, 5.69% reported being sexually assaulted.
5. Children in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi reported the highest incidence of sexual assault.
6. Children on street, children at work and children in institutional
care reported the highest incidence of sexual assault.
7. 50% abuses are persons known to the child or in a position of trust and responsibility.
8. Most children did not report the matter to anyone