The government said on Thursday that so far, there is no information on the hike in child abuse cases due to the Covid-related lockdown and the increase in child marriage cases across the country due to financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus. The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani, stated in Rajya Sabha’s written reply that her ministry has issued warnings and guidelines to state governments and federal territorial administrations to care for and protect children during the pandemic. “According to the information provided by the National Criminal Records Office (NCRB), so far, there is no information on the increase in child abuse cases due to the lockdown related to COVID19 and the increase in child marriage cases across the country due to financial difficulties caused by COVID,” She says.
In answer to another question, Irani provided data on the number of complaints received and resolved by NCPCR in the past five years. According to data, in the past five years, from 2016-17 to 2020-21, the National Child Protection Committee received a total of 50,857 complaints and has resolved 20,836 complaints.
Among the states, Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of complaints with 9,572, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 5,340, Chhattisgarh with 4,685 and Orissa with 4,276.