UNITED NATIONS: Indian peacekeepers faced allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in three separate cases between 2010 and 2013, according to a new UN report.
The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in its evaluation for sexual exploitation and abuse by the United Nations and related personnel in peacekeeping operations said that despite an overall decline since 2010, sexual exploitation and abuse allegations persisted with a slight increase in 2013.
India faced three “substantiated allegations” against uniformed personnel between 2010 and 2013, the report said, without mentioning the countries where the incidents took place.
The report, however, noted that the largest troop contributing countries “do not have the highest number” of substantiated allegations against their personnel.
It said since 2003, the United Nations has developed and implemented a three-pronged strategy of prevention, enforcement and remedial action to address sexual exploitation and abuse by military, police and civilian personnel of peacekeeping missions.
Despite an overall downward trend since 2009, sexual exploitation and abuse allegations persist. In 2013 they increased to 66 from 60 the previous year.
Sexual exploitation and abuse allegations involving minors accounted for over one third (36 per cent) of all allegations from 2008-2013.