publication . Article . 2015

Child sexual abuse and the law in India: a commentary

Jyoti Belur; Brijesh Bahadur Singh;
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  • Published: 09 Oct 2015 Journal: Crime Science, volume 4 (eissn: 2193-7680, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: United Kingdom
Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) has only recently been publicly acknowledged as a problem in India. A welcome development has been the enactment of a special law—Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) 2012—criminalising a range of acts including child rape, harassment, and exploitation for pornography. The law mandates setting up of Special Courts to facilitate speedy trials in CSA cases. The paper highlights the intended benefits and the unintended consequences that might arise from the application of the law in the Indian context. Undoubtedly, the passing of POCSO has been a major step forward in securing children’s rights and furthering the cause of ...
Medical Subject Headings: humanities
free text keywords: Legislation, Pornography, Sexual abuse, Letter and spirit of the law, Age of consent, Social psychology, Law, Criminology, Psychology, Child sexual abuse, Child marriage, Harassment, India, child sex abuse, POCSO, consensual underage sex, child marriage
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publication . Article . 2015

Child sexual abuse and the law in India: a commentary

Jyoti Belur; Brijesh Bahadur Singh;