On November 3, 2017, a 1-year-old girl was raped by her 33-year-old neighbour in outer Delhi
On May 13, 2017, a 10-year-old girl was found pregnant after being repeatedly raped by her stepfather in Haryana
On May 10, 2017, a 21-month-old baby girl was raped by a 40-year-old man from her neighborhood in Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area. He was a friend of her father
On the same day, another case came to light. A 5-year-old girl, who was deaf and dumb, was raped by a 24-year-old man in Varanasi
In India, a child is sexually abused every 15 minutes, according to the latest government figures.
According to the report on crimes in India for 2016, released by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi, 106,958 cases of crimes against children were recorded in 2016.
Of these, 36,022 cases were recorded under Pocso (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act.
The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi says India is home to the largest number of sexually abused children in the world, but there is general reluctance to talk about the topic so the real number of cases could be much higher.
According to a 2007 study conducted by India’s ministry of women and child development, 53% of children surveyed said they had been subjected to some form of sexual abuse.
Campaigners say most of the abusers are people known to the victims, like parents, relatives and schoolteachers
Children between the ages of 5-12 are at the highest risk for abuse and exploitation
69% of children reported to have been physically abused. Out of these 54.68% were boys. 52.91% of boys and 47.09 % of girls reported having been abused in their family environment
Of the children who were abused in family situations 88.6% were abused by their parents
In juvenile justice institutions 70.21 % of children in conflict with law and 52.86% of children in need of care and protection reported having been physically abused
65.99 % of boys and 67.92% of girls living on the street reported being physically abused by their family members and other people