This is the case of Kanpur. Sushma (name changed) is nine years old. She did not put even one grain of food in his mouth for two days. Her father was a daily wage laborer, but during the lockdown, his work is stalled. They rely on food from voluntary organizations or government-run community kitchens in the city. If they did not come for two days, then there was nothing in their stomach. Out of hunger, Sushma asks her mother to feed her anything. Helplessness – In despair, her mother beat her badly. Sushma’s screams caught the attention of the people around and they informed an NGO about her.

Actually, innocent children are the most victims of this lockdown. Children from families with such income groups are the highest. If they are living on the streets, then it can be understood that if they have some kind of roof over their head, then it is only natural for them to stay hungry and because of this they are constantly getting irritable. How do all such children have to wander for food and water even on normal days, perhaps we all have an idea of ‚Äč‚Äčthis. It is also not hidden what kind of verbal and physical torture happens to them – especially the girl child.

Sangeeta Sharma, a member of the Child Welfare Committee in Lucknow, also says that these children become the targets of violence even within the family. Behind closed doors, violence are increasing in lock down. She says that These children are feeling the lack of their aged children the most these days. On normal days, their parents do not stay with them for so long. But such a time has changed their lifestyle. In a way, their independence has ended and various restrictions have been imposed on them. The parents themselves are tense and that is why they shout at the children, beating them. She says: This is the condition of every lane, every part of the city, but we are unable to help these children even if they want to.

Experts blame poverty, household concerns, lack of places to spend time for children, and alcohol for increasing account of children during the lockdown. Household accounts are also having an impact on children’s psychology. They are living in fear all the time.

And this is happening to almost all classes of children. The incidence of domestic accounts is constantly increasing. Additional Director General of Police Anju Gupta, who is heading the 1090 Women’s Powerline in Uttar Pradesh, says that earlier we were receiving about 7,100 calls per day related to domestic accounts with women, which has increased to about 8,700 during this lockdown. She said: It is true that violence’s complaints are not coming of the children much during the lockdown, but this does not mean that such incidents have reduced with them. We suspect their number to be high, but we do not have information at this time and therefore we are not able to reach them for their immediate help.

Surojit Chatterjee of Save the Children said that the increase in lockdown has made life more difficult for children. Even normal children do not have any work except to read – in schools they do not only study but they play, talk among themselves, young children also share things with their friends. But these days, they are imprisoned in boundary walls – there is also the same routine every day. Sarita (name changed) came to Lucknow to study and lived in the hostel. When the lock-down suddenly took place, she went to one of her familiar aunts. After a few days, her behavior changed and she was also beaten up there. She called the police. Police informed Childline and referred the case to the Child Welfare Committee.

Another case is of 12-year-old Ramesh (changed name). He belongs to such a poor family who also do the struggle for the food . Recently his father returned home drunk and the husband and wife got into an argument over something. When Ramesh intervened, the father beat him up.

According to Childline India, it recorded 4.6 lakh complaints in the first 21 days of lockdown. Of these, 9,385 cases could be directly intervened. 20 percent of these cases were of child abuse. People at Childline also believe that there will be a large number of children who will not be in a position to complain in any way – they may not have mobile phones or they may not have access to friends, teachers or concerned adults. spokesman of one organization said, Not only we are getting less information but it is also difficult to provide relief to children; It is difficult to reach to them and get connected; People are keeping themselves within a limited range and outsiders are also banned from coming.

Anjani Tiwari of the Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT), working among street children in Delhi, says that any kind of violence has a profound impact on the overall development of children. Abuse has real or potential impact on children’s health, livelihood, development and respect. Tiwari says that the stadium, railway station, bus station are the homes for these children. They live there, by sweeping around, etc., or beg for bread. They thrive and live amidst fighting and fights around them.

Tiwari said that on the third day of the lockdown, she saw these children throwing stones on the vehicles passing by near Jamuna Bazaar. This is the withdrawal system. If they did not get the drug for two days, then they started venting their anger in this way. Such children are not seen these days and Tiwari is worried about this. She says that the railway station, bus stand, temple – all are closed, so, after all, where will they go too. Such children are in urgent need of medical help. But who will give it

 

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