Why we need to be vigilant about exploitation, Roshi Bhattacarya, professor at University of the West Indies, said here.
The topic of exploitation is in the forefront of discussions of education reform and the role of social media platforms in the dissemination of news and opinion.
In a recent study, Bhattocharya and a colleague found that in India, nearly 1.6 million students are exploited every year.
They said the problem is not restricted to the rural areas but affects the urban centres too.
The exploitation of exploited youth and young adults is a global phenomenon and India has a huge potential to lead the way, he said.
Bhattocharie, who was also co-founder of the Bollywood-based organisation, Bajaj, recently shared the story of a 13-year-old girl who was taken to an apartment by her uncle.
The boy was allegedly abusive and demanded her to perform sexual acts for him.
She refused and then he threatened to kill her.
The girl’s father took her to the police.
In the complaint, he claimed the boy had raped her.
In her complaint, the girl said she had given her consent but the boy continued to threaten her.
When the police came, they discovered that the boy was the son of a senior police officer and he was also the son-in-law of the girl’s uncle.
The police arrested the boy.
It was the girl who first told the police about the incident.
She told them that she was 14 years old and had gone to the hotel to perform a public function.
She said she didn’t remember much of what happened next.