Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:05:17 GMT

Need stringent laws to curb child sexual abuse: Tirath

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Sexual abuse of children has become a routine affair in India and there is a need to make stringent laws to deal with it, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said here Monday.

"Sexual abuse has become a routine affair and there is a need for stringent laws to tackle this menace," Tirath said on the fifth foundation day of the child rights panel, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

The minister urged NGOs and states to come together to protect the rights of the children in the country.

"The commission receives several complaints regarding the violation of child rights from several NGOs. And the commission can play a very important role in addressing the problem," said Tirath while releasing a handbook, "Guidelines for Eliminating Corporal Punishment in School".

Tirath said the guidelines would sensitise people on the issue.

"It is a comprehensive document which I am sure will highlight the problem of corporal punishment in schools. The commission has done a commendable job in coming out with guidelines," said Tirath.

©Indo-Asian News Service

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