Doctor pens book to highlight child abuse

Namrata Devikar
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

In her book, she has discussed cases and probable scenarios where these children were abused. The book also talks about Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and steps parents can take to be proactive.

PUNE: With incidence of child abuse and child assaults increasingly been reported, Dr Minakshi Nalbale-Bhosale, neonatal and paediatric surgeon from Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), has come up with a book penning down her experience of last 13 years in examining and treating children who are abused. The name of the book is, ‘Japuyat Niragas Balpan’ which means ‘Let’s Save Innocent Childhood’.

In her book, she has discussed cases and probable scenarios where these children were abused. The book also talks about Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and steps parents can take to be proactive.

Emphasising why she chose to write the book, Dr Bhosale said that the major problem is that parents do not accept that their child can also be targeted. She further added that if parents are proactive, about 70 per cent such incidents can be prevented.

“Parents not very proactive or vigilant when it comes to child abuse. The acceptance among parents after an incidence is also not good. They think this cannot happen to their children. But the fact is not very pleasant.

The increasing incidents that are reported across the country shows that no child is safe and parents should be proactive and teach the child to communicate and trust them in such a case,” said  Dr Bhosale.

She further added that every week, at least three cases of child abuse come to the hospital. “As a government hospital, it is our duty to examine the child and file a detailed report to the police. Child abuse cases against boys and girls, both are very high. And in most cases, it is seen that the abuser is in a dominating position in home or workplace,” said Dr Bhosale.

She further recalled a case where a four month old girl was brought to the hospital. “As a doctor, I felt very helpless when this four-month old child was brought to us. Her blood pressure was so low that we could not record her. The child lost the battle of her life within an hour. We could not take her to the Operation Theatre (OT). Someone from the family was involved and the matter is under jurisdiction now. It was extremely traumatic as we could not save the child,” said Dr Bhosale.

She further added that there are three types broad categorisation of these cases. “One case where parents and child knows and the FIR has been filed which is easier. Second where the parents do not know or they are not willing to accept. Third type of cases are those where there is an emergency as the child is physically hurt and is in shock and needs treatment. If we have the child in less than 48 hours, the chances of getting DNA samples and saving the child is easier,” said Dr Bhosale.

She further added that it feels good that as a doctor she can actually help in reducing the physical pain of these children.

CRUX OF THE MATTER
- Speaking about POCSO Act, Dr Minakshi Nalbale-Bhosale said that the Act aims to provide a legal framework for the protection of children from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography. The act also safeguards the interest of the child at every stage of the judicial process. It is a strong legal tool to give justice to children. “However, if parent comes to us directly, we also examine the child and report it to the police under POCSO,’’ she said. She further emphasised that parents should know about this act and take proactive measures to ensure that such incidents are prevented.
- The book, ‘Japuyat Niragas Balpan’ which means ‘Lets Save Innocent Childhood’, is available on all online book selling platforms like website of Rohan Publication, Flipkart and Amazon.

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