Child Abuse

Any act which individuals, institutions or possesses do (commission) or fail to do (omission) which directly or indirectly harm the children or damage the prospects of safe and healthy development into adulthood. This exposes the child to unnecessary suffering.

Child Abuse can be Physical, Sexual, Emotional or Neglect.


Physical Abuse

A non-accidental injury to child caused by a parent/caregiver/stranger. It includes injuries which are caused by severe discipline, severe beating or Cigarette burns, bruising, laceration or welts, burns, fractures or dislocations, attempted suffocation or strangulation and death. It also includes abusive administration of drugs or alcohol to a child.


Sexual Abuse

Any activity in which an adult or an older child uses a younger child for his/her (abuser’s) sexual gratification.


Emotional Abuse

The failure of a person (usually parent/caregiver) to meet the basic needs of affection and comfort of a child, including the isolation of a child, and snubbing or terrorizing him/her.



The failure to provide a child with the basic necessities of life, including food, clothing, schooling, shelter, emotional security, medical care, and adequate supervision needed for his/her normal growth and development.