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National Consultation on “Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in India”
April 27, 2012 to April 28, 2012

Click here to download 'National Consultation on “Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in India”-27 & 28 April 2012-EQUATIONS', 83.8kb.The same can be read below.

National Consultation on “Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in India”

Organised by ECPAT International (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) and its members in India – EQUATIONS, Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO), SANLAAP and STOP Trafficking and Oppression of children and women (STOP)

27th & 28th April 2012
at YMCA (Gate No.1), Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001   

This National Consultation on protection of children from sexual exploitation in India marks the completion of fifteen years of the 1st World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) held in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden. During the consultation the “Report on Global Monitoring on the Status of action against commercial sexual exploitation of Children: India” will be launched. Though India has made progress in child protection, the 2nd Edition Monitoring Report reveals that it continues to face high rates of both traditional and emerging forms of child sexual exploitation. Research reveals that child sex tourism is rampant in popular destinations among both foreign and local tourists and that boys may be especially vulnerable. The problem is reported to be escalating due to the non-implementation of policies and inadequate provisions within the legal framework. Additionally existing regional mechanisms in place for exchange, coordination and monitoring progress on child protection need to be followed in order to strengthen follow-up on the implementation of the laws at the national level.

This consultation marks the completion of fifteen years of the 1st World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) held in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Stockholm Congress was a landmark event, providing testimony that sexual violations against children exist in all nations, irrespective of cultural differences or geographic locations. It marked the first public recognition by governments of the existence of commercial sexual exploitation of children and resulted in a commitment to a global process and Agenda for Action, which was formally adopted by 122 governments including India, as a guide to the specific measures that must be taken for counteraction.

During the consultation the “Report on Global Monitoring on the Status of action against commercial sexual exploitation of Children: India” will be launched by Dr. Smt. Kiran Walia, Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare Department, Women & Child Development and Languages on 27th April 2012 and the key note address will be delivered by Smt. B Bhamathi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
The India report is part of a series of global monitoring reports for 75 countries across the globe that provide information and analysis on specific country situations and an assessment of the progress made and remaining gaps in protecting children from all forms of sexual exploitation in each country.

Though India has made progress in child protection, the 2nd Edition Monitoring Report reveals that it continues to face high rates of both traditional and emerging forms of child sexual exploitation. In 2007 the National Study on Child Abuse (commissioned by the Ministry of Women and Child Development) covered 13 states in India and a sample size of 12,446 children. It revealed that over half the surveyed children (53.22%) had been sexually abused. Today, the increasing sophistication of resources available to those who seek to exploit children has grown in equal measures with lack of stringent mechanisms to combat this serious problem. Significant problems with rural and urban poverty, gender inequalities and caste and ethnic disparities all result in vulnerable communities being marginalised and large number of children at risk or victimised through sexual exploitation. Research reveals that child sex tourism is rampant in popular destinations among both foreign and local tourists and that boys may be especially vulnerable.

The problem is reported to be escalating due to the non-implementation of policies and inadequate provisions within the legal framework. Additionally existing regional mechanisms in place for exchange, coordination and monitoring progress on child protection need to be followed in order to strengthen follow-up on the implementation of the laws at the national level. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was created in March 2007 with a mandate to ensure that all laws, policies, programmes and administrative mechanisms are in line with the Constitution of India and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

This consultation aims to:
  1. Exchange experiences and knowledge among different actors on the issue of sexual exploitation of children.
  2. Examine the implementation of the legal and policy landscape and identify the lacunae.
  3. Examine effectiveness of the existing mechanisms and implementation gaps, and formulate recommendations towards strengthening mechanisms for protection of children from exploitation.
Thank you for your participation and your commitment to the protection of children from sexual exploitation!

For further information, contact us:

  1. Bimol Bhetwal, ECPAT: bimolb@ecpat.net, 00977-9841-405918
  2. Ravi Naravan, ICYO: icyoindia@gmail.com,+91 098117 29093
  3. Indrani Sinha, SANLAAP: indrani.sanlaap@gmail.com,+91 098310 47769
  4. Roma Debabrata, STOP: romadeba@vsnl.com,+91 098101 35207
  5. S.Vidya, EQUATIONS: vidya.s@equitabletourism.org, +91 094482 76715
Click here to download 'National Consultation on Protection of Children Programme Schedule-27 & 28 April 2012-EQUATIONS', 90.8kb.

Keywords: National Consultation, Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in India, Sexual Abuse, Trafficking, Tourism, EQUATIONS, ECPAT, Global Monitoring Report, A4A report, Legislation, Lacunas, Child protection Mechanisms, Child sex tourism