“The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children” – Nelson Mandela
There is a deep silence, malaise afflicting children with untold suffering, illness and endless crying. It is called as violence in childhood. Child help organisation defines it as, “Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child. There are many forms of child ill-treatment, some are neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse”
Violence against children not just cause physical harm additionally deeply traumatic child; even drag them to psychological disorders. The pain and sleepless night they go through is indescribable, they were deliberately pushed into something where they never desire too. At the span of their learning and exploring novel things all the acquire is ill treatment by their parents, mistreated by their peers or society. This is where the carve of their living fade away, they lost their shine in their eyes, somewhere smile on their glittery face vanish. Children always regarded as future of the country, violence against them can seriously impeding the country’s development.
India has one of the largest children population across the world, with over 480 million children. Around 66 per cent of children in age of 1-18 face some sort of physical abuse in south Asia while more than half 53 per cent of kids face sexual abuse. It was estimated that 80% of the children in India face violent disciplining at home. There are some little one who face violence before they even born, some report revealed that the women who are the victim of abuse at home can develop complications during their pregnant. Even more likely to have preterm births, beside their children are at possible risk of low birth-weight, physical and mental disability or disorder.
It is revealed that children who are exposed to violence are substantially more likely get into smoke, misuse alcohol and drugs, and engage in the high-risk sexual behaviour. This will eventually lead to physical and mental struggles in the future, including re-victimization, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, substance abuse, and aggression. Parents’ one slap have a potential to shatter every innocent dream of their child. The behaviour of a person is highly dependent on how they were treated during their childhood even their upbringing. More than, 30% of children who suffered
from violence during their childhood are destined to commit violent forthcoming. The scrutinize is not barley over children who are on the receiving end of violence. If they witness that someone else is being
violently abused, for instance their mother; they likely ten school children routinely victim of teacher’s corporal punishment. If high proportion of children frequently receive corporal punishment then the cycle of violence will be unbreakable forever.
Handful of NGO is tirelessly dedicated to the protection the children for being pushed into child labour, children abuse, children trafficked, children affected by post trauma. They rescue them from various kinds of harms namely abuse, neglect, physical danger, exploitation and violence even provide shelter and food. Surprisingly they are accomplishing astounding work then any government bodies.
Parents occurs to be role model of their child as entitled to the to received unconditional love should provide emotional support plus motivate their kid to learn. They have to teach and train their child to became responsible citizen as adult. As it was once told that “If we change the beginning of the story, we can change the whole the story”. Childhood award us the memories which we treasure till death. Parents must not exploit child to turn into beast. Violence during childhood only breeds fear. Freedom from fear is as fundamental to life as must as freedom from want or hunger.