The film, in the beginning, shows how Apu mysteriously falls prey to what seem like random accidents, each taking place at 5 o' clock.

This thought-provoking short-film on child sexual abuse depicts the untold agony of victimsNirman Foundation/Screenshot
Social Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 15:01

Cases of child sexual abuse registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), recorded a 67% increase in 2015, as per data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

A total of 8,800 cases of rape were registered under the POCSO Act last year. The data also re-iterates an already known truth: in a majority of cases, i.e. nearly 95% of them, the alleged offenders were known to the victims and included family members, relatives, employers and neighbours.

"5 o' clock Accidents", an award-winning short-film released recently by Nirman Foundation, revolves around the life of a victim called Apu.

Directed by Ruchir Arun, the film in the beginning shows how Apu mysteriously falls prey to what seem like random accidents, with each one taking place at 5 o' clock. 

What unravels next gives a peek into what child sexual abuse victims feel and go through and how they are often scared to open up, even to their parents. 

The film has a boy as its protagonist, which helps in debunking the perception that only girls can be sexually abused. 

Watch the video here: 

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