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Sexual Abuse: Children: South Asia
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In South Asia, sexuality remains a taboo topic in public discourse and, consequently, little research has been conducted on sexual abuse of adults or children. In the 1990s, three surveys conducted in Delhi and Mumbai by Sakshi, RAHI, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences indicate that over 40 percent of young girls in India might be victims of sexual abuse. The majority of abusers are kin to their young victims and trusted individuals such as servants and family friends. Of the 800 cases of rape reported in Pakistan in 1994, 50 percent of victims were minors and only a frac…

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Das Dasgupta, Shamita, “Sexual Abuse: Children: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0145d>
First published online: 2009



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