In yet another shocking incident of crime against children, an eleven-year-old girl has been allegedly molested by a man in the Nandigama area of Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district on Monday. The accused, identified as K Edukondalu, has been taken into the police custody. An investigation is also underway to find out how the incident happened.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Subhash Chandra Bose, the Nandigama DSP said, "The accused allegedly lured the girl and misbehaved with her when the girl was playing near her house". The incident came to the light after the girl narrated her ordeal to her parents who reached out to the police station and registered a complaint.
A case has been registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act (POCSO) and section 354A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the police official said, adding that further investigation in the incident is on.
Krishna District: 11-year-old girl allegedly molested by a man in Nandigama yesterday; accused taken into police custody. Investigation underway. #AndhraPradesh— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2019
India has been experiencing an increasing trend of violence against women and children for the last few decades. Common forms of violence against women in India include rape, eve-teasing, molestation, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and murder.
According to the latest data shared by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), crime against children in India has witnessed a steady upward trend with a significant increase of more than 500% over a period of the past one decade (1,06,958 in 2016 over 18,967 in 2006).
More than 50% of crimes against children have been recorded in just five states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi UT and West Bengal. While Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 15% of recorded crimes against children, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh closely follow with 14% and 13% respectively.
Kidnapping and Abduction of children continues to be the biggest crime against children, accounting for more than half of all crimes (48.9 per cent, number of crimes 52,253), as recorded in 2016. The next biggest category of crime against children is rape, amounting to more than 18 per cent of all crimes against children.
Uttar Pradesh recorded maximum number of crimes under the categories of ‘Kidnapping & Abduction’ and ‘POCSO Act’; in both these categories Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh stand in the second and third slot respectively.