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Childline Kozhikode is planning to launch a new project titled ‘Safe neighbourhood for every child’ in the district soon, in view of the increasing physical and sexual offences on children in the district.

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The project will be implemented with the help of various agencies including residents’ associations and Kudumbashree.

Child abuse cases

  • A recent data released by Childline shows that close relatives and neighbours are the key offenders in most of the sexual and physical abuse cases in which children are victims.
  • Members of the family are behind at least one-third of the total abuse cases.
  • While boys in the 11-15 age group are most prone to physical abuses of different nature, girls of the age group 6 to 16 are most prone to sexual abuse.
  • The number of serious sexual abuse is much higher as against sexual harassment cases.
  • It has been noted that parental conflicts often lead to abuse of the children caught in between in many houses
  • However, a comforting feature is that parents/guardians of abused children have become increasingly willing to file complaints and move legally.
    • In the 120 sexual offence cases, the guardians filed a complaint willingly in 90 cases.


  • Kudumbashree is the poverty eradication and women empowerment programme implemented by the State Poverty Eradication Mission (SPEM) of the Government of Kerala.
  • Its main features include democratic leadership and support structures formed from the ‘Kudumbashree family’.
  • Kudumbashree was set up in 1997
  • Kudumbashree has a three-tier structure for its women community network, with Neighbourhood Groups (NHGs) at the lowest level, Area Development Societies (ADS) at the middle level, and Community Development Societies (CDS) at the local government level.
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