Violence Against Children



The stigma rising from social and cultural norms is the prime reason most of the cases of violence against women and children – especially against girls – and cases of sexual violence go unreported.

Due to these norms, women and girls have little or no value and respect and have a lower socioeconomic status. At the same time, the same norms also make it difficult for women and girls to report violence. While some efforts are being made to make police stations “women friendly”, women and children are reluctant to report cases to police stations which are still primarily dominated by male personnel.

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Big Picture

Shocking data on violence against children, especially girls , shows a fraction of the real picture 
• In 2012, 9500 children and adolescents were killed in India, representing 10 per cent of all children globally and making India the third largest contributor to child homicide after Nigeria and Brazil (WHO 2014, Global Health Estimates). 
• In India, one in three (34 per cent) of adolescent girls (aged 15-19) married or in union have experienced physical, sexual or emotional violence by their husband or partner. Among these, more than one in 10 (13 per cent) have experienced sexual violence by their partner.

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UNICEF In Action

Preventing and responding to sexual violence requires strong collaboration across sectors and departments. At both central and state level, it is key to work cross-sectorally within UNICEF, across UN agencies and amongst civil society and government. 

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