Hyderabad tops in cases involving sexual assault against children in Telangana

Hyderabad, August 30 (KMS): The number of cases reported in the Indian state of Telangana under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act and cybercrime targeting children has increased significantly, police data shows.

While Hyderabad topped the list with 1,879 cases since 2016, Vikarabad came in second with 327 POCSO Act cases since 2018. There may be a number of cases that go unreported as a result of the preconceived notions of ‘stigma’ associated with sexual abuse.

As per the Additional Director General of police, Swati Lakra, children are afraid to talk about sexual or physical abuse, cybercrime, bullying, and stalking, among others. “Children believe that informing their parents about physical or sexual abuse will upset them. They will be afraid that their parents will start questioning and blaming them,” Swati Lakra said.

Children lack the knowledge necessary to stay safe online, which can result in issues with financial exploitation and sexual assault.

In a survey conducted by the police department in 2020, children were asked several questions on cyber security. Children’s awareness and knowledge of cyber security and safety came out to be incredibly low.

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