65% kids spend less than an hour with their working parents: Study

More than 65 per cent students in the age group of eight to 24 years spend less than an hour in a day with their parents, a recent study by industry body Assocham has found.

Working parents are either in office or busy completing the household chores, leaving very little time for the children. The lack of time with parents, the study found, makes the child aloof, an introvert, impatient and intolerant.

The report, titled Rising Youth Intolerance, was released by Assocham Ladies League on Tuesday. The study was conducted across 100 schools and colleges in NCR and around 10,000 students participated in it.

The study found that most working couples usually stay back in office after work hours to complete their daily assignments.

Global Chairperson of Assocham Ladies League Harbeen Arora said: "Since violence and abuse emerge from complex causes, we require participation of multiple stakeholders in addressing the issue. The practice of responding to complaints and victims must become more sensitive and supportive."

The study also found that children, when alone at home, turn to their electronic gadgets such as TV, mobile phones, iPad, computer, etc.

MP Supriya Sule said: "People should form child protection groups at the community level to keep vigil over the neighbourhood and a tab on suspicious activities. NGOs should reach out to slum areas and schools and provide awareness to our young boys and girls on various issues of abuse and how to prevent and handle it."

The study recommends that children be encouraged to express themselves, their opinions respected and they should be involved in community activities.

MP Yashodhara Raje Scindia said police should involve NGOs, civil society and experts in medicine at the complaint stage to provide physical, emotional and financial support to victims.

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