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Cases of sexual exploitation of minor girls increase in India

Byondheadlines Reporter

An increasing number of children, particularly minor girls, are being trafficked for sexual exploitation, reported local daily The Times of India Friday.

The newspaper quoted National Crime Records Bureau data as saying cases of sexual exploitation of minor girls jumped from 237 in 2009 to 679 in 2010, a 186.5 percent increase.

The eastern state of West Bengal reported 200 cases, followed by Bihar with 152 cases.

While crime against children went up by 10 percent, the corresponding figure for women stood at 4.8 percent, said the report.

A total of 26,694 cases of crimes against kids were reported in 2010, up from 24,201 cases in 2009. One hundred cases of infanticide and 111 cases of foeticide were reported last year, said the report.

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