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PROGRAMMES

Trafficking is the 3rd largest organised crime in the world, it is one of the most profit-making businesses for the perpetrators and one of the most heinous and exploiting crimes on individuals. When the victims are children, they are robbed of education, basic necessities, and capacities to fight for themselves or their families to come out of the vicious cycle of poverty and exploitation.

 

ICP works on the ground to protect children from trafficking for various forms of exploitation. It identifies, verifies, and works with government stakeholders to protect and prevent children from exploitation. It also facilitates access to rehabilitation components for the child and their families to ensure they do not fall into the trap of exploitation again and the team also supports them in their fight towards access to justice to facilitate the creation of deterrence for the crime.

CHILD TRAFFICKING

Sexual abuse of children often goes unreported due to their unawareness, and societal taboos associated, with perpetrators usually being powerful; usually from within the household or from within the community, or even because it is seen as a shame for the girl.

 

The victims suffer an immense amount of physical and emotional trauma both during and post the incident. They lack the knowledge and support to seek their due justice and are forced to be re-victimised at the hands of the community and the judicial process.

 

ICP works to support the victims and their families through their journey post-exploitation. ICP uses a comprehensive strategy to protect and rehabilitate victims of child sexual exploitation. It includes gathering information regarding possible incidents, filing complaints with Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), ensuring adequate and timely action on the complaints, providing legal support to victims to facilitate speedy disbursement of statutory compensation and access to justice, and facilitating victims’ reintegration into society.

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Child Marriage is a violation of human rights that has undermined the development of young children (both boys and girls) for decades. The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA), 2006 defines child marriage wherein either of the individuals whose marriage is or is about to be solemnised is under the age of 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys. Globally, child marriage finds space in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, 2030 in Goal 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” under Target 5.3 “Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.”

 

In India, forcing underage girls into marriage and marrying them off to older men despite the PCMA is cloaked under the garb of tradition. Lack of education and adequate knowledge makes the girls succumb to societal pressures and unable to fight for their rights. Child marriage physically and emotionally scars a girl for life. Forceful early pregnancies lead to increased rates of female mortality, and neonatal and prenatal mortality creating a vicious cycle of an unhealthy community.

 

ICP seeks to bring a behavioural change in the community against this social evil practice. We spread awareness both amongst the community and the stakeholders, promote education, and empower the community, especially women and girls to take ownership and together work towards eliminating child marriage from their community.

CHILD MARRIAGE

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