Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

India Losing Battle in Massive Child-rape Problem

COIMBATORE, India:  Following reports of abuse of a first-standard boy by the cleaner of his school van and a 10-year-old boy by his 20-year-old relative in the district, concerns have been voiced that children are becoming increasingly vulnerable to sexual predators, most of whom are known to them.

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
According to statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau for 2014, there were 1,084 cases of child sexual abuse in Tamil Nadu booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Only in Uttar Pradesh (3,637) were more children subjected to sexual violence.

Children have been victims of various forms of violence, including hurt cases and attempted murders, with 2,455 victims falling prey to abuse in Tamil Nadu. Incidence of child sex abuse is alarming and parents must be watchful about their children at all times, Special Public Prosecutor (Coimbatore Mahila Court) R Sarojini said. As most perpetrators of child abuse are known to the victims, patents should not leave their children with relatives or strangers. The role of the police, in investigating, charging and arresting those responsible for such offences is also very important.

In 2014, 13,766 cases of rape of children were reported across India, while 3,349 cases were pending from the previous year.

Meanwhile, 8,904 cases were registered under the POCSO Act, while 820 were pending investigation from last year. A more startling statistic shows that 25,223 cases of rape were “pending trial from the previous year.”

Of the 37,519 cases sent for trial across India, trials were completed in only 5,527 cases.

Only 31 percent of the cases, or 1,717 trials, resulted in a conviction, while 68 percent of people were acquitted.

So, if my math is anywhere close to being right, the conviction rate for all reported rapes sent to trial is about 5%.

Similarly, the conviction rate for those charged under the POCSO Act stands at a meager 24.6 percent.

The authorities’ inability to use scientific methods in the investigation, including gathering of evidence, is one of the main reasons for the low rates of conviction, said K Santhakumari, president, Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers.

Investigations should be carried out in a “time-bound manner” as witness recollection of an incident, especially if they are minors, diminishes with time, she added.

Obviously police need much training in how to secure and treat a crime-scene. India also probably need more labs available to process evidence. They also need more judges to work under the POCSO Act, otherwise it is incapable of doing what it's supposed to do - speed up the conviction of rapists.