Srinagar: World Vision India (WV India), a humanitarian organization working for child protection in partnership with Humanity Welfare Organisation (HWO) launched a state-wide campaign, “It takes J and K to end child sexual abuse” in Srinagar on Thursday.
According to the statement, the World Vision India urged civil society organisations and individuals to collaborate and work along with the government towards breaking the silence and ending child sexual abuse.
Cherian Thomas, CEO and National Director – World Vision India in a statement said, “We believe that violence against children, especially sexual abuse, is a violation of basic human and child rights. This abuse affects their survival, health and education, and future. We believe we cannot do this alone, we will achieve far more, together, to build a nation that is fit for children.”
The retired Justice Bilal Ahmad, Nazki-State Human Rights Commission, said, “As a society we have a collective responsibility to prevent child sexual abuse. We must initiate and support services that enhance children’s development and safety and we must advocate for policies and programs that can help meet the holistic needs of children”.
Hilal Bhat – child protection specialist, UNICEF on the occasion said, “The face of abuse has changed drastically with technology, it’s not just physical abuse but online abuse too is on the rise. Both have long term impact on the child’s life. It is important to sensitise children, parents, teachers and the public about child sexual abuse”
At the event children too shared their thoughts and put forward their demands. Speaking about the need for parents to listen to children, Wani Farkhan said, “Parents should be open to listening to children and encourage them to come forward and discuss their thoughts on abuse. Also rehabilitation of the perpetrator is much needed so that they understand the issue and not commit the crime again.”