About one-third of rape victims in India are below the age of 18 years. Children are easy prey for criminals because the need to protect child rights is not taken seriously, claims Save the Children. The international media has been quick to provide prominent coverage of the incident- highlighting how India is becoming increasingly unsafe for women and travel by foreigners. The New Delhi-based NGO hopes that media attention would also focus on the plight of children from marginalized communities, such as the Dalits in this case.
This case becomes even more astounding because of the suspected negligence of two police officers in this crime. Shireen Vakil Miller, Advocacy Director, Save the Children says, “This is a horrific incident and part of an alarming trend of brutal violence against women, particularly against those from marginalized communities.” She also added “urgent, concerted action needs to be taken, in accordance with the law to halt it.”
Save the Children supports initiatives such as ‘End Violence Against Children in India’, which is being put together by a national alliance of child rights organizations.