In the Hindi movie, Highway, Alia Bhatt’s character Veera—a victim of child abuse—asks her parents why she was not told to be careful inside her home even as they cautioned her of the bad world outside.
Let’s admit it. In India, the society does not consider abuse of children a crime. The world over, child abuse is grave. The system and government ensure protection of children in their growing-up spaces—be it home, schools and public places. Even as they commute to and fro from their homes, children’s movements are tracked.
For the past one week, Kerala is witnessing an outrage over the acquittal of four men, charged under POCSO and abetment of suicide of two minor Dalit sisters aged 13 and 9. On 13 January 2017, in a Dalit colony in Attappallam near Walayar in Palakkad district, a 13-year-old girl was found hanging in her one-room house. The police filed a case of unnatural death.