Mass awareness rally against child sexual abuse held in Imphal

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Imphal: Spreading the message to stop sexual child abuse, department of social welfare organised a mass awareness rally against child sexual abuse in the Imphal city on Tuesday.

The rally was flagged off by state additional chief secretary (social welfare), P Vaiphei from western gate of Dhanamanjuri University.

It was headed towards Khoyathong crossing. It passed Nagamapal road and continued towards BT road. Later the rally headed towards in front of PWD office and ended at the western gate of the varsity.

Vaiphei said in the state the crime rate has been increasing including unreported crime in connection with child sexual abuse. Most of the crime related to children are carried by their own family members or near ones. To avoid such crimes the rally is being organised to spread awareness to the society and the impact of such crimes to the society, he added.

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The procession was marched with a banner “save soul, save child”, “there is no excuse for Child Sexual Abuse” also with placards written as “lets the CHILD be SAFE, Free & Alive… STOP CHILD ABUSE”, “Do not take away the spring from one’s childhood STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE”, “CHILDREN aren’t TOYS” and others.

In a gathering, after the rally, at Ima Khunthokhanbi Shanglen, Thangmeiband located inside DM University, social welfare minister H. Dingo Singh said in the last few years after the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act passed in 2012, the number of POCSO related cases in Manipur has been raising.

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He said since April 1, 2021 more than 150 cases related to POCSO Act had been registered. The cases related to POSCO has been coming not only to the girl child but also the boy child. A collective effort is needed from the society to prevent from such crime.

He further said similar awareness rally will be organised in other districts of the state in the near future.

Social welfare director Ngangom Uttam Singh said children who are victim of sexual or physical abuse must not hide the incident but must disclose immediately without fear. If an incident is kept hidden then there is high possibility to repeat similar crime which could encourage the culprits or accused person.

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Committing such crimes affects physical and mental health which could bring a huge impact to the society. Any girl child who is a victim could lost all the trust towards men as she could create a negative thought against men, he added.

Such culprits or accused person should be given severe punishment and each children should have the knowledge of “good touch or bad touch”. The children should not be hesitant to raise voice against those culprits or accused persons, Uttam said.

He appealed to the society for a collective effort in order to stop such crimes in the near future as without collective effort the crime could not be prevented.

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