2018 was a horrible year for parents across India.
We came across multiple incidents where young kids were either raped or sexually abused.
While we were losing hope in our society and in the system to protect our kids against the sex-deprived monsters, we came across a news that restores our faith in the judiciary system.
In the month of August 2016, the 4-year-old child lived through a nightmare while returning home on a school bus in Gurgaon.
While she was with other kids on a bus, she was sexually assaulted by the bus conductor, Shambhu (21). This incident triggered the agitation among the parents that led to many social media campaigns expressing concerns regarding kids’ safety.
As per the order passed by the Judge Rajni Yadav, the accuser, Shambhu has been found guilty under the POCSO Act.
This case is one of the few cases wherein the court has handed 20 years of imprisonment to an accused of digital rape of a child.
(Digital rape is defined as the act of using one’s fingers to violate and force a sexual and violent act upon a victim unwillingly.)
Based on TOI, the assistant public prosecutor Vinod Kumar said the girl’s parents had alleged that the school bus conductor sat next to the child and sexually assaulted her as the bus approached the residential society of Sector 56.
The next day, the girl complained about pain in her thighs. Being confused about her daughter’s pain, mom took her to a doctor. After examination what the doctor mentioned to the mom was heart-breaking.
She suggested that the child might have been abused.
Left with no other option, when the parents questioned the girl, she revealed what had happened on the school bus.
Though the parents approached the police, they were apparently reluctant to file an FIR. But, finally, police at Sector-56 convinced the couple to file a complaint to scare other offenders from committing similar crimes.
As the court refused to show any leniency and awarded the strictest punishment to the guilty, as a parent we see it as a ray of hope.
We hope it would scare off anyone who would even have a thought of touching a kid without consent.
Though as a parent we are fighting a battle to protect our kids, sometimes we find ourselves alone in this battle.
We hardly find the support from the schools or kindergartens where we assume our kids are safe. Hope with the changing times, these institutes will understand how their negligence is a breach of parents’ trust.
**In alignment with the POCSO Act, I For Her cannot reveal the names of the schools or the victims.
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