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Let's find a way to get rid of sexual exploitation of children by acknowledging its existence

Looking at this picture, many of you may feel that the hands are tied and the person seems to be in a lot of pain. Let me free the hands.

That's right. This picture was taken to make you feel this pain. But think about them, how do we free all those who are suffering from inside and we cannot see or feel it? This is exactly the kind of pain I am going to express in my writing, the pain that no one can see. Yes, that's right, this is something that people hardly want to talk about. Sexual exploitation of children. One may think, what is there to talk about? But it's time to talk about it.

India is a country with a large population. That is why the number of children is not less.A survey on child sexual abuse was conducted last in 2007. About 53.22% of children participated in the survey, of which 52.94% were boys and 48.06% were girls who reported experiencing the harassment themselves. Although it also emerges from this survey that the number of people who experienced this problem is higher than the cases reported. In fact, everyone thinks it is an isolating subject. So no one talks about this.

Looking at the picture, aren’t you thinking about freeing the hands? The person may be relieved if you free the hands. But now, we have to think about how to free people from the suffering that we have not been able to feel or see so far? When a child is sexually abused, the child is unable to express and talk about her or his pain and we do not even understand the problems the child is experiencing. Especially since we don’t want to admit to things like child sexual abuse, so we notice a few incoherent behaviours but scold her/him for it. If any incidents seem to us to be a little incoherent, or the child has never behaved like this before, then we need to pay attention to the matter without any delay. If we think that we can talk to the child and get him out of trouble, then we will talk to him, or else we will take him to a child psychologist.

Whenever we find out that there has been any sexual harassment with a child, we should immediately contact the Child Line help number 1098. This number is reserved for children issues only. We can contact this department with any problem of children. And this 1098 number is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So at any moment, we can contact them about any children's issues.

Lots of kids are in a lot of trouble and we are not able to make them free. I want to raise that awareness by showing this photograph. From now on, we will try to see the hardships that we have not seen before.

Shuvadip Roy Chowdhury

As a young leader, I want to make a difference in my surroundings. I want to influence my peers and members of my community and together we will work towards an equitable society. I will also be recognised within my community as a change maker



Youth Voices for Change is an initiative of the Down To Zero Alliance that seeks to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents by amplifying the voices of young leaders for change in Latin America and Asia.