Report: Indian Sex Abuse ‘Common’

    A child stands with adults to board an overcrowded train to travel home for the Chhath Puja festival dedicated to the Sun God, at a railway station in New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Migrant workers from Bihar, one of the country's poorer states, are traveling home in large numbers for Chhath, one of the most significant festival for people in the region. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

    Child boarding train in New Delhi in Nov. 2012. (Kevin Frayer/AP)

    Sexual abuse of children in India is “disturbingly common,” and the victims are often mistreated and humiliated by police, according to a report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch. Citing the recent fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus, the report blames authorities for failing to protect children from sexual abuse—and for traumatic and insensitive treatment. Sexual abuse is particularly common in child-care facilities and schools, the report said. A 2007 government study found that two of every three children in India were physically abused, and 53 percent of those surveyed reported one or more types of abuse. Child-rights activists believe many cases also go unreported.

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