Since 1954, November 20th has been observed as World Children’s Day. It marks the anniversary of the UN adopting the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. But are our children well-protected from violence and abuse?
The recently-released NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) report, 2017, showed that over a quarter of the crimes against children were sexual offences. These were cases filed under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act. In Bengaluru alone, 414 POCSO cases were filed in 2017.
So just how do we keep our children safe? And what are the legal options in case a child is sexually abused?
- A complete guide on child sexual abuse (CSA)
- Open letter to parents on CSA
- NIMHANS advisory on CSA
- How should POCSO cases be dealt with?
- Why is justice often delayed in POCSO cases?