Many parents in India are having sleepless nights as recently many incidents of child rapes have been reported.
And, there seems to be no end to this shameful trend with minor children being easy targets.
But, what is even more shocking is the fact that our young boys are turning into child molesters and rapers. And, we are unable to do anything other than hanging our heads in shame.
If you feel that we are just overreacting then a recent incident that happened in the national capital will open your eyes.
In a shocking incident, two minor boys gang-raped a 5-year-old girl in Delhi.
According to the police, the accused are aged only 11 and 10 years. Yes, you read it right – 11 and 10 years old. The rape survivor, as well as the accused, live in the same area in Kapasera near the Delhi border.
As per the police,
“The kids were playing in the park on Monday night. The two boys then caught hold of the girl and took turns to rape her. The girl’s mother happened to reach the park and the boys fled”
When the police rushed the girl to a hospital, the mother and police were shocked when the examination confirmed rape. The innocent 5-year-old was warded in the hospital for a day.
Though a case under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) has been registered, we can’t believe that our society has turned into a monster where minors are raping a 5-year-old.
On Tuesday, the accused were apprehended and were sent to a juvenile correction home.
But this isn’t the only incident when minor boys have been involved in such a shocking and heart-wrenching crime.
Last week, there was another shocking incident where a Class VIII student was drugged & raped in school by her own ‘Jealous’ cousins for excelling in studies.
As a parent, do you also struggle to understand what is happening to our young generation? What is leading to the increased involvement of our young kids? Is it easy access to the internet where our kids are inadvertently exposed to highly sexualized, overtly harmful imagery and information at the click of a button?
Or, is it our inability to hold an open conversation about the difficult issues in the name of traditions?
Or, are the movies like Kabir Singh misleading the young kids’ and leaving them in a confused state. So much so that they are unable to distinguish between the right and wrong behavior towards the opposite sex?
In the midst of so many questions, as a parent, we feel sad and heartbroken. Not just because our kids are at risk but because we sit like helpless souls just hoping and wishing that change will come on its own.
But, deep somewhere in our heart, we know our inaction is just letting the rape monster getting more powerful each passing day.
Do share what you think, as parents, we can do to ensure our young boys and girls become changemaker rather than the victim of this rape culture.