Mizoram 2nd in incidence of child abuse in India
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 05, 2010, 11:35
Aizawl: Two recent incidents of rape and murder of minors have come as a wake-up call for Mizoram which has the unenviable record of having the second highest incidence of child abuse in the country.

A five-year-old girl was raped and murdered on October 18 in Thakthing locality here with a 35-year-old man from Salem locality arrested for the crime.

While public anger against the incident was still seething, another brutal rape and murder of a five-year-old girl occurred at Muallungthu village near Aizawl on November eight.

The accused, a 26 year-old Myanmarese national, was lynched the next day.

Officials of the State Council for Child Welfare say Mizoram ranked the second highest in child abuse, next only to neighbouring Assam.

Aizawl Superintendent of Police Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said that since 2006, 344 rape cases were registered of which 209 (60.76 per cent) victims were below the age of 15.

Of the victims, 35 were aged between one to five years, 70 between the age of five to ten and 104 between the age of 10 to 15.

"The rape figure, especially minor rape, will be much higher as the majority of victims do not complain to the police," he said.

He cited an example of a person who raped and sexually molested ten minors in a village, but the parents of only two victims complained to the police.


First Published: Sunday, December 05, 2010, 11:35

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