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An Indian school organises an awareness campaign against child sex abuse on account of the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse (November 19) in Hyderabad, India. According to reports, more than 53 per cent of children in India have faced sexual abuse.

An Indian school student's shadow falls on a banner during an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP
An Indian school student's shadow falls on a banner during an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP
An Indian school student's shadow falls on a banner during an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP
An Indian school student's shadow falls on a banner during an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP
Indian school students participate in an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP
Indian school students participate in an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP
Indian school students participate in an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP
Indian school students participate in an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP
Indian school students shout slogans as they participate in an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP
Indian school students shout slogans as they participate in an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP
Indian school students participate in an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP
Indian school students participate in an awareness campaign against child sex abuse in Hyderabad, India. — AFP

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sheraz Nov 20, 2014 05:17pm

"According to reports, more than 53 per cent of children in India have faced sexual abuse"

You gotta feel for the children..Rising and shining India only on the paper...!!! when it comes to reality I think India is the worst place in the world to live in...

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Zak Nov 20, 2014 07:08pm

Oh! Khuda key bandoh, bachoh ko toh chore do!! Indians should be ashamed, women, untouchables, slavery now children. Disgusting.

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pakistani Nov 20, 2014 08:27pm

Good job India !

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Karachi Wala Nov 21, 2014 12:56am

Very brave and commendable.

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Fahim Nov 21, 2014 01:03am

First I feel sorry for all such kids and I am surprised. India need to focus on educating and teaching their TEACHERS rather spending billions on space technology. This surely has a lot to do with the governtment style and priorities.

You gain power with the power of strong beliefs and good manners, not just through technology. Technology alone has detoriated western powers, you can imagine!

May God show them right path, ameen.

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ROHIT PANDEY Nov 21, 2014 05:21am

@Fahim I endlessly surprised by Pakistanis' reactions?

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has Malala Yusufazai Aisa Bibi Rimsha Masih to it's credit,,,and yet,you feel that you can pass judgements like these?:)

It must be ACKNOWLEDGED and then,tackled..which,precisely is what India is trying to do?

Close down the madarasas and the "teachers" who breed terrorists?:)

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Sare Jahan Se Accha Nov 21, 2014 06:05am

The first step to solve any problem is by accepting the problem and I'm glad this is what these people are exactly doing. It is commendable to raise this issue in public and educating children regarding the dangers of child abuse in our society. It is with our shared efforts that we'll make this place better one day... Jay Hind!

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Pathan Nov 21, 2014 07:47am

I think it will be same figures if somebody survey Pakistan schools if not worse

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shahid Nov 21, 2014 07:56am

Here is the best part. No child abuse happens in Pakistan, because 100% of the Pakistanis are good to each other and to the children. Only in bad places like India, you need rallies to awaken people. Why is India spending money on mission to Mars is beyond me. The fact that people need to arrange rallies against corruption, against rape, against child abuse is a great indication on how sick the Indian society is. May be they should have quietly hushed it under the rug so that the world doesn't see their dirty laundry. Indians should learn from just and moral societies like Pakistan.

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shaja Nov 21, 2014 08:57am

@sheraz What about Pakistan bro? By the way I am a Pakistani.

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Sachin Nov 21, 2014 09:18am

@sheraz Yu must be writing from the most developed country in the world... Pakistan !! :) lolz

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someone_else Nov 21, 2014 09:38am

@sheraz Guess what, every year 5000 minority people of Pakistan are leaving Pakistan to live in world's "worst" place. What does that tell you about Pakistan?

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Ahmed USA Nov 21, 2014 11:01am

...and India's most favorite industry "Bollywood" proudly proclaims ... sells"...lowest of the low...consequence of intoxication and cheap movies is shameful abuse and exploitation of the most vulnerable segment of society...

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rehan Nov 21, 2014 01:00pm

@ROHIT PANDEY The point is , all those "endless Pakistanis" are surprised at the fact that India you Indians claim to be the most civilized nation in the world should have such horrifying statistics . Pakistan , as per you Indians , is a big cave , so how come the most advanced nation on earth is worse than a cave ? Don't compare your "superior" selves to us poor Pakistanis . Show where you stand as compared to other civilized nations .Finally, show some maturity and learn to accept tolerance without resorting to shallow taunts .

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rehan Nov 21, 2014 01:02pm

Why do you Indians start comparing your "superior and advanced" race to us poor cavemen Pakistanis whenever such statistics are presented ? Too insecure to match the facts and figures with the developed Nations ?

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VM Nov 21, 2014 01:29pm

where is my previous comment. why dawn is afraid of telling the truth about Pakistan.

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Akashvani Nov 21, 2014 01:54pm

Things are worse there in Pakistan.. Go and check there first..

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Mohyal Nov 21, 2014 03:41pm

@Zak I know.. we pale against the shining example of our neighbors, living a pious existence with equality for all ...

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Abhai Nov 21, 2014 06:47pm

@shahid - Just few days a news of Child sex abuse in Pakistan was reported by dawn and culprits were arrested. I am not trying to get even, just reminding you that this problem is equally prevalent in Pakistan. Lying doesn't change anything, we need to accept the problem and address it.

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meharali Nov 21, 2014 07:44pm

@shahid child abuse happens in every culture and country but 53 percent is very alarming. Only a small percentage in populous India is thriving but rest of janta is suffering. Rape cases,farmers committing suicide,slums, poverty,etc and list goes on and on. West went to moon after their people were taken care of but countries like Russia and now India are spending more on technology than on food and education. I am not going to elaborate on what Pakistani military is getting at expense of its people because I know there are enough Indians here on Dawn forum to comment against Pakistan.

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AG Nov 21, 2014 08:29pm

@Zak Apney Gireban Jhankon, While i agree to your points, at least being democratic, we report it

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S. Ahmed. Nov 21, 2014 08:56pm

53 Percent of the children having sex abuse is a hugely devastating statistics. I don't think it is that worse in any other country in the world including Pakistan.

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Zak Nov 21, 2014 10:29pm

@Mohyal no caste system here to start with and children are respected not exploited as in India.

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Zak Nov 21, 2014 10:31pm

@AG you can't hide 53% , it's too big a number. A nation Exposed.

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Sunil USA Nov 21, 2014 10:48pm

I feed very bad for these kids. But I am pleased this type of bad things is comming out rather then being hushed under the carpet. One can only take correct action unless it is made public. In other words You can only find the solution once you know the crime

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Mukthar Nov 22, 2014 05:02am

@sheraz

First of all I do not know why "Dawn" is so attached to school children in "Hyderabad" on "some" report of 53%. Anybody can report 'a report' and can twist things their own way. In Pakistan, reports are serious business. Anybody reports anything against establishment is "eliminated", forget about religion. In India mostly it's anybody's business. One can't demand respect but to earn it.

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VINOD Nov 22, 2014 08:46am

@shahid Your pun and sarcasm is obvious. I only hope people in Pakistan will understand?

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VINOD Nov 22, 2014 08:54am

@Zak Yes various surveys say that "According to reports, more than 53 per cent of children in India have faced sexual abuse." Have you conducted any survey or ever tried to find out what is happening in your country. Though we were the same country about 65 years ago, I wont guess, please find out and may be you will be shocked. However Sir, blessed are those who diagnose and treat.

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JET LEE Nov 22, 2014 08:58am

@shahid BOL movie have shown everything to the world that what happens in Pakistan with children..

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Fuknabi Nov 22, 2014 09:38am

India has literacy rate of 76 and compared to neighbour of 52% and 75% of indian muslims are illiterate and utter poor as it is against religion

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Blue jersey Nov 22, 2014 11:16am

Sexual predators are there everywhere not just india. The 2 system that can change a country is Media and Judiciary. Unfortunately in pakistan both are handicapped unlike India.

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Zak Nov 22, 2014 03:37pm

@VINOD we were one subcontinent with different nations on it, and we are the same sub continent but with more independent of British empire rule. Other than that nothing in common, except Mughal food, that too to your North. But in Pakistan, Islamic principle make us cherish children , not abuse them. Undoubtedly there will be violators but minuscule compared to India, which is no place for women, children , minorities and the low caste.

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Zak Nov 22, 2014 03:39pm

@Fuknabi indian literacy rate 36% , Pakistan 48%. India needs to catch up with proper education, not doctored one.

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Bushra Nov 22, 2014 05:13pm

"Don't clip my wings. I want to fly" Seems like someone is taking good lessons from the words of Malala's Father in an interview. Its time that we Pakistani's also appreciate the universal message given by Malala and her father and protect children in Pakistan as well. With such powerful role models, why don't our countrymen stand up for change instead of disowning Malala?

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Swaminathan Nov 22, 2014 05:21pm

@Fuknabi: That number is wrong.. The official literacy rate of India is 74.04 as per 2010-11 census. Considering that there has been a 2% increase in the last 3 years, I wanna say the Indian Muslim's literacy rate is around 60%.. The reason why there is greater illiteracy amongst Muslims is due to larger families & female illiteracy.. I am not saying these are good things, but they are our own people.. Don't embarrass us sensible Indians here.

Plus this topic is on Child sex abuse.. This is somethings we should be all ashamed of from the bottom of our hearts... Hopefully the new laws enacted in 2012 will bring some speedy justice..

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shawn Nov 23, 2014 12:55am

@Zak yeah you marry them off in 14 years old to a 70 year old man as per your principles!!! This is arranged marriage so its called no abuse!!!

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shawn Nov 23, 2014 12:56am

On 12 July 2013, Council of Islamic Ideology of Pakistan dismissed DNA tests as evidence for rapes, and declared that without witnesses no rapes would be recognized.

Lol :)

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Dr Carla Nov 23, 2014 01:25am

Problem is India is in transition state from orthodox to liberal. People are getting exposure to temptations but environment is still orthodox, still people cannot make healthy relationships hence some are becoming perverts and doing un-imaginable things. @sheraz I'm not sure where you got but seems completely wrong to me. but I can say this India is not much better than Pakistan in this case (only problem in Pakistan is these issues are not highlighted as in India)

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Goga Nalaik Nov 23, 2014 02:43am

@ROHIT PANDEY you have gone off the topic which is 'child sex abuse'. It is not nice to do point scoring on such matters. Hope you understand.

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Einstein Babar Nov 23, 2014 05:39pm

@ROHIT PANDEY But Mr. Pandey 53% children infected, its a very big number, it means 1 out of 2 people. Tamil Nadu reported that parents do abortion as they don't need girls and that number was also shocking i.e. 1 million every year. It means 1 million murders of innocent girls every year

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Einstein Babar Nov 23, 2014 05:41pm

@Dr Carla I am afraid if all cases in India of such nature are highlighted the figure will shoot from 53% to 93%. I wonder who is safe in India

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Einstein Babar Nov 23, 2014 05:43pm

@shawn Such cases won't make even 0.5% but this child abuse hits 53% children in India, OMG

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Einstein Babar Nov 23, 2014 05:44pm

@Pathan Impossible, I know Pakistan has many problems but 53%, no no not possible

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Einstein Babar Nov 23, 2014 05:51pm

If 53% people are affected it means remaining 47% people did that, Dear Indians do you have a single person who is morally strong?????

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Indian Team Nov 23, 2014 06:09pm

I too feel sorry for the kids but my dear Pakistanis if you know the Indian population you should have commented wisely. These incidents are one in million cases. In Pakistan these incidents will be there but no one will dare to come out with fear. Conservative families, so either they will be killed or sold to the Arabs for their pleasure. Children are innocent and they should be protected, but as parents can never always be with them, these incidents takes place. Also many cases were during the previous government regime and as the new government is ought to bring major changes those who were afraid are now coming out and speaking. India will change for the positive you need to give some time. Just Wait and Watch.

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Zak Nov 24, 2014 12:08am

@shawn check your country's, its worse, and younger according to International human rights report and women protection group.

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Pradip Kashyap Nov 24, 2014 11:44am

@sheraz Indians are so fortunate that they can voice their protest against a social injustice in a democratic manner, and that is taken cognizance of by the Indian society. Unfortunately, you cant protest in Pakistan against social evil, be it dowry killing, female infanticide/illiteracy, women's subjugation, to name only a few. Please try to understand that India and Pakistan are having common cultural background. We all must try to eradicate these social outrage, barbarity against humanity, atrocities against women. If similar protest erupts through out Pakistan, it will be beneficial to all the countries of Indian Sub Continent. Do not forget Pakistan is the place where once 'Taksasila' existed. Try to revive it. Try to spread the vibe of enlightenment from this seat of learning. Pointing fingers against one another is of no use.

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jay patel Nov 24, 2014 12:13pm

Inspiration that how people of India are putting pressure on government. Does Pakistan has such freedom of rallying against army?

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CHANAKYA Nov 24, 2014 12:44pm

Children are the future of INDIA and Pakistan.Every Malala must blossom.

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nasir Nov 24, 2014 11:16pm

Take the article for its content. No human is superior to another, we are all in the same boat, trying to survive. Only politicians are superior from each other, common men/women don't care.

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sukhdeep Nov 25, 2014 07:21pm

the only safest place to live in the world is the heaven that is pakistan

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sukhdeep Nov 25, 2014 07:24pm

@Fahim may be we should learn from pak as it is such a developed country and is a paradise

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the eddy Nov 25, 2014 09:37pm

@shahid nice sarcasm sir

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rana1 Nov 26, 2014 08:11am

@ROHIT PANDEY ....and you kindly hire genuine teachers....a video circulating shows how your government is cheating by hiring teachers who are zero in english but are teaching english...keep your lies to yourself.....a government making a 'phool' of its future

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Kabilan Nov 26, 2014 10:18am

@sheraz Come to India and see the reality ! Please understand that we have the courage to put the statistics to the world and trying to curb it ! We know countries, who doesn't even record statistics ;)

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Vasiq Nov 26, 2014 11:20am

why do people start a an argument over here when anything happens in Pak or India ? neither Pakistanis are devils nor Indians are saints ! Desperate have no single country, they are existing beyond borders, if any country takes a step forward, rest should follow and motivate the one who takes the initiative ... this leg pulling will bring nothing for the peace and prosperity in South Asia. Rather than being productive, at this forum of Dawn, mostly I see Indians and Pakistanis blaming each other, is there any end to this verbal war ? for how long we will be fighting with each other and waste our time, resources for a useless and unproductive war ? why cant we talk about feeding our hungry and educating our illiterate ?

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Krish Chennai Nov 26, 2014 12:44pm

We acknowledge that this exists, but worse is a situation where even lady polio workers are shot dead, and such workers have to go with armed guards to give polio drops to little girls. Pakistan has indeed a long way to go.

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rehan Nov 26, 2014 02:13pm

@jay patel Stick to the topic, wily Indian

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