New children’s right on anvil
Indian children, one of the worst suffers of violence in the world, will soon get a separate law to protect their rights, reports Chetan Chauhan.delhi Updated: Aug 26, 2008 01:29 IST
Indian children, one of the worst suffers of violence in the world, will soon get a separate law to protect their rights.
The Home Ministry has asked the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry to draft a law to protect children against several offences, saying it would not be possible to insert child-specific provisions in the Indian Penal Code.
The Law Ministry had earlier asked the WCD Ministry to seek child-specific provisions in the IPC instead of bringing in a separate law. But the latter’s plea was rejected by the Home Ministry, which instead said there could be a law for children on the lines of the Domestic Violence Act for women.
In pursuance of this direction, the WCD Ministry has drafted a new law to protect child rights, which makes it an offence for parents and teachers to strike a child, if the child lodges a complaint. Checking sexual abuse and assault of children, as mentioned under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, is also an integral part of the proposed law. This includes clubbing vaginal and anal sex as a similar offence for defining punishment. A more comprehensive handling of sexual assault terms defines it as “any type of penetration (including sodomy) or manipulation of child's body for penetration”.
Oral sex and fondling a child with sexual intent have been defined and made punishable. This is the first time oral sex with a child, whether the child is forced to perform it on another individual or made to be the recipient of it, has been covered by law.