ISLAMABAD: Nearly four children are abused everyday in Goa India and most of such offences remain unreported, as per an NGO working against child abuse.
“On an average four children are abused in Goa daily. As per government statistics, the number of cases are on the rise,” said Ashwini Verenkar, project director of El-Shaddai Charitable trust which runs Panaji-based NGO called SCAN, Zee News reports.
The NGO, which has been active in rescuing children in distress, has
found that several cases of abuse go unreported and children are abused
mostly by the people known to them.
Many of these cases are of mental and physical abuse and emotional
neglect, she said.
Based on the data collected from various sources, the NGO has found
that the cases of children being abused by elderly persons known to them and
incest are on the rise.
“Tourism-related paedophilia is also increasing,” Verenkar said.
The NGO has assisted 515 children suffering from abuse in the last half-a-decade and is also working to reform juvenile delinquents, she said.