Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011

The cases of child abuse have gain prominence in recent times. Sexual abuse of children is a very real problem in India, and the situation is aided by the absence of effective legislation and the silence that surrounds the offense.

To curb this menace, recently Central Government has approved a specifically designed Bill to deal with sexual offenses against children. Till now, all such cases were being tried under sections 375 and 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The bill envisages a jail term up to seven years and a fine of Rs. 50,000 for such crimes.

For the first time, the draft Bill distinguishes a sexual offense committed against children by persons in position of trust and authority over children, including a police officer, a remand home warden, hospital staff and school authorities.

The proposed Bill aims at protecting children against offenses of sexual assault, sexual harassment, pornography and provide for establishment of special courts for trial of such offenses. Sexual assault also includes fondling the child in an inappropriate way which will invite a penalty of minimum three years in jail.

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2 Responses to Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011

  1. grace menezes says:

    Hi, Thanks for informing me about this newly passed bill for protection of children from sexual abuse. I can tell my own colleagues about it and create awareness so as to prevent children being sexually assaulted wherever I am.

    Sr Caroline

  2. hemen parekh says:

    Surviving in Bihar

    The 66th round of survey of National Sample Survey Office of India ( NSSO ), paints a grim picture of the state of Bihar.

    The Monthly Per Capita Consumption Expenditure ( MPCE ) in Bihar is nearly the lowest of all states.

    And that forces the people of Bihar to spend most of that on “ food “, as can be seen from following figures :

     Amounts spent on food

    • In rural Bihar …………… Rs. 505 out of a total of Rs. 780

    • In urban Bihar …………… Rs. 655 out of a total of Rs. 1238

    Any wonder why Biharis are leaving Bihar for earning livelihood elsewhere ?

    With regards

    Hemen Parekh

    Jobs for All = Peace on Earth

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