Two children sexually assaulted every day in Delhi in 2016: NGO report

Praja Foundation, an NGO, said this in a white paper on the "Status of Crime and Policing in Delhi".

Two children sexually assaulted every day in Delhi in 2016: NGO report

New Delhi:  An average of two children were sexually assaulted every day last year in the national capital, according to a white paper released by an NGO today.

The numbers show how unsafe children are in the city, said the Praja Foundation, a non-governmental civic watchdog, citing a recent case in which a four-year-old was allegedly sexually assaulted by her classmate in a school in southwest Delhi's Dwarka.

The NGO in the white paper on the "Status of Crime and Policing in Delhi" said that out of 2,181 rape cases filed last year, 977 were registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

The data shared in the white paper was procured through Right to Information, it said. Compared to last year, 2,338 rape cases were reported in 2015 and in 1,149 of them the victim was a minor.

The outer district registered the maximum number of cases (178) under the POCSO Act. The south-east district registered 125 and the northeast district 124 cases.

Out of the 2,181 rape cases registered last year, 367 were filed in the outer district. In 2015, 312 cases were registered in the district. 

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