The statistics on sex offences against children in India are grim. A 2007 report on child sex abuse by the Department of Women and Child Welfare estimates that 53% of children have suffered sexual assault but the real number is believed to be much higher. Despite this, there is little clarity around how to prevent sexual offences against children and how to navigate the law amidst a culture of silence on the topic and a rising number of crimes.
We established the Aarambh India initiative in 2013 with Mumbai partner, Prerana, which has worked since 1986 to end second-generation sex work and protect women and children from trafficking. Aarambhindia.org is a centralised platform that partners with local organisation and demonstrates innovative child protection programmes for the underprivileged, working through all areas of response.
The website shares knowledge with individuals and groups across India in an effort to break the silence on child sexual abuse. Most recently, Aarambh introduced India’s first reporting portal to flag and help take down images and videos of child sexual abuse found online. Launched in September 2016 in partnership with UK based Internet Watch Foundation and with Women and Child Welfare Minister, Maneka Gandhi present, the reporting portal is supported by Facebook, Google, local ISP providers.