''I was held here and taken to a place which has no roof and they assaulted 4 to 5 times. I shouted and said don’t hit me.
After that they uncovered my face. One Sir said that I was to be handcuffed this way.
They handcuffed not like that, but putting my hands to the back and handcuffed. After that shopping bag contained petrol was held here. I shouted. I felt difficult to breath for about five minutes and struggled.
After that I stood up. When I stood up shopping bag removed and threw aside. After that they assaulted me for 4 to 5 times.'' - Sujith
ten girls under the age of 20, or about 120 million across the globe, have been
sexually abused, according to the latest conservative figures by UNICEF.
same report found that six in ten kids aged 2-14 are regularly subject to
to UNICEF’s report based on 190 countries, between 30 and 80
percent of victims don’t disclose experiences of childhood sexual abuse until
adulthood, while many others (a number impossible to quantify) remain silent
for their entire lives.
instance, in India, in 2011, 10.6 percent of rape victims were under the age of
might think that when a girl gets married, the trouble stops, but it’s not
true: almost one in three married young women have been victims of emotional,
physical and/or sexual violence inflicted by their partners – especially in the
Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
alarming trend is that nearly 50 percent of the girls believe a husband is
allowed to hit or beat his wife from time to time.
report says the high figure is due to the fact that many victims are too afraid
to come forward to report abuse, or simply don’t know that being hurt is
unacceptable. Boys also tend to be quieter than girls so as not to break the
image of masculinity, and in the case of a rape by a male, not to be declared
most frequent type of sexual harassment is cyber-victimization, the study has
found. Also, a little over one in three school students have been victims of
"It occurs in places where children should be safe,
their homes, schools and communities. Increasingly, it happens over the
internet, and it's perpetrated by family members and teachers, neighbors and
strangers and other children,” Anthony Lake, UNICEF
executive director, said in an official statement.
other data, around six out of 10 children aged between two and 14 were victims
of regular physical punishment from their carers.
statistics also revolved around youth homicide, with 95,000 children and
teenagers killed in 2012 alone, most of them in Latin America and The
Caribbean, the report stated.
"These are uncomfortable facts – no government or
parent will want to see them," Anthony Lake, UNICEF
executive director, concluded in an official statement, as quoted by The
"But unless we confront the reality each infuriating
statistic represents … we will never change the mindset that violence against
children is normal and permissible. It is neither," he
National award winning actress Shweta Basu, who was arrested for prostitution in Hyderabad, has revealed that she took to the sex trade as she was running out of money.
The 23-year-old actress, who was arrested on Sunday, is currently lodged in a state-run rescue home. She admitted she made wrong choices in her career.
"I was out of money. I had to support my family and some other good causes. All the doors were closed, and some people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money. I was helpless, and with no option left to choose, I got involved in this act," police sources quoted her as saying.
The actress, seen in films like Makdee and Iqbal also revealed that there were other actresses like her who went through this.
Shweta, who shot to fame as a child artiste in Ekta Kapoor's television serial Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, bagged the national award for best child artist for Makdee in 2002.
The actress, who also did a few films in Bengali, Tamil and Telugu, was arrested from a hotel Sunday night along with the sex racket's organiser Anjaneyulu alias Balu.
The next day, a court here sent her to a rescue home run by the women and child welfare department.
She underwent a medical examination at a government hospital before she was sent to the rescue home, where women rescued by police and those facing trial are given shelter during the trial period.
The inmates are provided with free food, clothing, medical care and also vocational training. She is likely to stay in the rescue home for three months.
Balu, who was reportedly collecting Rs.1 lakh each from high flying customers, has been sent to jail.