According to a survey, more than 53 per cent children in India faced one or more forms of sexual abuse.
The Upper House of Parliament was informed about the same earlier today.
A 2007 study conducted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development included close to 13,000 children and covered 13 states to gauge child abuse trends across the country, Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir, told Rajya Sabha today.
Children on street, at work and in institutional care reported the highest incidence of sexual assault, he said.
Assam, Mizoram, Goa, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala were the states covered by the study.
According to the study, more than half (53%) of the total number of children interviewed for the study reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse.
Close to 21 per cent child respondents reported facing severe forms of sexual abuse while 50.76 per cent reported other forms of sexual abuse, the minister noted.
Ahir also revealed that 50 per cent abusers were persons known to the victim and most children did not report the matter to anyone.