Growing cases of Incest – unnatural and tabbooed form of sexual relationships are leading to more child sexual abuses

There are growing cases of unnatural and prohibited sex (both forced and consensual) like incest (father-daughter, cousin brother-cousin sister, uncle-niece) and limited awareness in POSCO Act in West Bengal have resulted the state government and UNICEF launch state level consultation.

There is a need to train police officers especially juvenile officers in every police station about the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act, 2012, about preservation of evidence such as swab, smear, said Mr. Debashish Boral, IAS today at a state level consultation hosted by UNICEF and Women and Child development department.
To create awareness about amongst police, children and other stakeholders about POSCO Act which has been enacted to curtail growing incidents of sexual violence against children, the state government is making an all-out effort to reach out and educate people about it.
Dr Sashi Panja, Minister of State, Child Development & Women Development, said that aggressive measures such as posters would be put up at health centers, railway stations, Anganwadi workers would get training about this child friendly, rights-based law and later on, this might be integrated into school’s sex education. At Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) centers both children and parents will be made aware of this law.
She, further, said that special courts would be set up under this law to deliver justice to the victims within a specified time frame. Unlike Indian Penal Court (IPC), under this law it the accused who needs to prove his or her innocence.
“Police is still not using POSCO Act and to some extent, there is a lack of co-operation from Courts. Many of the POSCO cases are not even being reported to The Child Welfare Committee (CWC)” lamented Ms Roshni Sen, Secretary, Department of Social Welfare, Woman and Child Development at Government of West Bengal.
There are requirements of special public prosecutors, special courts, more female police officers and special training for the police officers, highlighted Ms Sen.
There has been a rise in cases of incestuous sexual assault wherein the victimized child is constantly under pressure to not to speak out, points out Ms Bharti Ali, child rights activist and founder and Co-Director of HAQ: Centre for Child Rights.

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BJP to work towards modernisation of Madrassah education in a bid to woo muslims in the state amidst apprehensive yet hopeful approach of the muslims



Revival of Indian economy and overall development of the nation are what the muslims in the state are expecting from the Narendra Modi government despite widespread underlying fear of communal polarization.

Apprehensions yet a hope for a better tomorrow, cautious yet hopeful approach mark the foray of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) into Bengal’s muslim community.

A young muslim journalist who spoke on the condition of anonymity said “Many muslims are now joining BJP. There might be a pressure from RSS for him to act in certain communal ways but I don’t think he can afford to do that as, now, he is leading the nation and not just a state. Furthermore, BJP in Bengal has secured only 17 per cent of vote whereas we form 30 per cent of Bengal’s population. BJP would strive for more in the state. I believe Modi will really take everybody along for the development of the country”.

Sadiq Husain, an IT professional, is equally hopeful, “We need a government which will steer Indian towards its economic recovery. Modi has done a good job in Gujarat, despite his alleged involvement in Gujarat riots.” It is these hopeful voices that account for the 9 per cent of vote that BJP garnered from Indian muslims.

Ms Nasmin Choudhury, a development worker with an NGO in the city, however feels ‘vulnerable because of her muslim identity’ as she believes that Modi’s connection with  Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and his past will make him act as an agent of communal polarization and strip the secular fabric of the Indian society. She, further, believes that much discussed ‘Gujarat model’ is a catch.

“The ‘Gujarat Model’ is a gimmick. I have been there in 2007 and seen no such evidence of positive change during my 45 days of travel in to villages and urban pockets. Only by opening up Indian market to foreign investors will not revive and strengthen my country’s economy. We have lots of small scale industries and artisans and skilled people who need support. Our agriculture sector and farmers need support and I believe this will be more effective to revive my country’s economy.” said Ms Choudhury.

Maulana Barkati, Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque, voiced similar concern saying that Modi would disrupt the communal harmony of the Indian society.

“He will wipe out Islam and destroy secularism in a bid to construct Hindu Rashtra” said the Shahi Imam.

Rahul Sinha, State President BJP, said that several muslims have joined BJP post-election and many more are coming too and in “two years there will be BJP rule in Bengal”.

He also said that BJP has been painted in communal light by the opposition, hence fear factor exists in certain sections of the muslim community.

“Lack of education and poverty are responsible for the sorry state of the muslims in the state. We demand and work for modernization of Madrassah education system in the state. Inclusion of subjects like Mathematics, Science, History, Geography will integrate the Madrassah system into the mainstream education system which will help muslims fare better in the professional sector. Vocational training, assistance in getting hassle-free loan will also be initiated to further facilitate them. ” said Mr Sinha.

It is a matter of time to see with such measures can BJP really garner more support from the Bengal’s muslim community before the civic polls in 2015.