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Cabinet nod to POCSO Act amendment that includes death penalty

The amendments in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act also provide for fines and imprisonment to curb child pornography.
The changes are expected to discourage the trend of child sexual abuse by acting as a deterrent due to strong penal provisions incorporated in the Act, the government said.(SHUTTERSTOCK)
The changes are expected to discourage the trend of child sexual abuse by acting as a deterrent due to strong penal provisions incorporated in the Act, the government said.(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Jul 10, 2019 07:06 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

58-year-old sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping minor girl

The convict, a native of Bhind district, Madhya Pradesh, was held guilty of the offence under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Indian Penal Code.
The police said on April 22, 2017, a resident of Kadipur near Gurgaon Sector 10 had filed a police complaint, alleging that a man had raped his minor daughter.(Representative Image)
The police said on April 22, 2017, a resident of Kadipur near Gurgaon Sector 10 had filed a police complaint, alleging that a man had raped his minor daughter.(Representative Image)
Published on Jul 03, 2019 01:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | ByHT Correspondent

Opinion | Protect our children from the dangers of the Internet

The complete elimination of online child sexual abuse requires a structured and unified response at global levels
Checking and curbing the data service providers and individuals from producing, storing and disseminating such content is absolutely necessary(Getty Images)
Checking and curbing the data service providers and individuals from producing, storing and disseminating such content is absolutely necessary(Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 26, 2019 08:55 AM IST
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ByKailash Satyarthi

Mumbai Police constable arrested for sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl

The constable was earlier posted with Trombay police station, where he was accused of stalking a woman. The woman had complained to his seniors and an inquiry had been initiated against him.
The incident allegedly took place on Sunday, when the constable lured the girl on the pretext of giving her a chocolate. He took her to his residence and assaulted her.(Representative Image)
The incident allegedly took place on Sunday, when the constable lured the girl on the pretext of giving her a chocolate. He took her to his residence and assaulted her.(Representative Image)
Published on Jun 21, 2019 01:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByHT Correspondent, Mumbai

Sri Lanka’s award-winning cop ‘super woman’ guilty of child abuse

The 15-year-old girl was forced by Bogahawatte to undergo repeated medical examinations to establish if she had been sexually attacked.
Sri Lanka’s SC fined an award-winning woman police officer for illegally detaining and intimidating a teenage girl to frame a local politician for rape.(Reuters File Photo)
Sri Lanka’s SC fined an award-winning woman police officer for illegally detaining and intimidating a teenage girl to frame a local politician for rape.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2019 06:00 PM IST
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Colombo, Sri Lanka | ByAgence France-Presse

Interpol, Kerala police join hands to fight child abuse

Interpol officials led by Guillermo Galarza joined hands with Cyberdome to tackle child abuse cases more efficiently.
The Interpol offered to provide expert training to state police officials on ways to tackle these cases more efficiently.(Getty Images/ / Representative image)
The Interpol offered to provide expert training to state police officials on ways to tackle these cases more efficiently.(Getty Images/ / Representative image)
Updated on Jun 11, 2019 10:51 AM IST
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Thiruvananthapuram | ByIndo Asian News Service

11-year-old girl in Noida molested by engineer neighbour for over a year, suspect arrested

The incident came to light on May 16, when the girl spoke of her ordeal to a sports coach in school, who later informed her parents about the problem.
According to the police, the girl, a Class 6 student, was being sexually assaulted by the neighbour since last year.(Representative Image)
According to the police, the girl, a Class 6 student, was being sexually assaulted by the neighbour since last year.(Representative Image)
Updated on May 22, 2019 09:11 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Noida | ByTanmayee Tyagi, Noida

Review: No Nation for Women by Priyanka Dubey

Priyanka Dubey follows stories of human trafficking, corrective rape, caste violence, murder and child abuse to give the reader a greater understanding of what is wrong with India
An early 20th century illustration of the pivotal scene from the Mahabharata where Dushasana drags Draupadi by the hair from her chamber.(Getty Images)
An early 20th century illustration of the pivotal scene from the Mahabharata where Dushasana drags Draupadi by the hair from her chamber.(Getty Images)
Updated on Apr 05, 2019 05:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAvantika Mehta

7-year-old beaten by mother, her male friend; rescued by neighbour

According to the neighbour, the boy was in bad shape when he reached his house. “He collapsed as soon as he came here. We revived him and saw the injuries all over his body, after which we called the police ,” he said.
The incident came to light around 8am, when the boy managed to flee from his captors and reach his neighbour’s house, who then informed the police.(Representative Image)
The incident came to light around 8am, when the boy managed to flee from his captors and reach his neighbour’s house, who then informed the police.(Representative Image)
Updated on Apr 03, 2019 08:45 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByTanmayee Tyagi

Former Vungle CEO, cleared of crimes, seeks $100 million

Zain Jaffer, founder of a promising mobile ad startup, was suddenly arrested and charged with a series of crimes, including assault and sexual abuse. The charges have been dropped.
Zain Jaffer, founder of a promising mobile ad startup, was suddenly arrested and charged with a series of crimes, including assault and sexual abuse. The charges have been dropped.(Vungle/Facebook)
Zain Jaffer, founder of a promising mobile ad startup, was suddenly arrested and charged with a series of crimes, including assault and sexual abuse. The charges have been dropped.(Vungle/Facebook)
Updated on Mar 13, 2019 06:28 PM IST
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Delhi Police arrest 38-year-old tutor for molesting 14-year-old boy

Police said the tutor had been teaching the boy at his home for the last couple of months.
Police said the tutor took the boy inside the bathroom and touched him inappropriately during a game of hide-and-seek.(Shutterstock / Photo used for representational purpose)
Police said the tutor took the boy inside the bathroom and touched him inappropriately during a game of hide-and-seek.(Shutterstock / Photo used for representational purpose)
Updated on Feb 19, 2019 08:39 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Mumbai woman, sister-in-law scald 5-year-old with candle to ‘discipline’ her

The two women were arrested and booked following a complaint by the girl’s father.
The police found burn marks all over the child’s body, including her face, stomach, back and hands.(AFP)
The police found burn marks all over the child’s body, including her face, stomach, back and hands.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 07, 2019 10:10 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Navi Mumbai | ByG Mohiuddin Jeddy

Several pre-teen girls subjected to breast-ironing in UK: Report

The perpetrators, usually mothers, consider it a traditional measure which protects girls from unwanted male attention, sexual harassment and rape.
Medical experts and victim call the practice as child abuse which could lead to physical and psychological scars, infections, inability to breastfeed, deformities and breast cancer.(AFP File Phot/Representative image)
Medical experts and victim call the practice as child abuse which could lead to physical and psychological scars, infections, inability to breastfeed, deformities and breast cancer.(AFP File Phot/Representative image)
Updated on Jan 26, 2019 11:56 PM IST
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London | ByIndo Asian News Service

Four-year-old girl raped by factory supervisor in Delhi’s Mundka

The girl’s father was away at work and mother was out in the market when the alleged crime took place. The 25-year-old accused man has been arrested and the girl is out of danger, police said.
The 25-year-old accused was caught by the locals and handed over to the police after the mother of the victim returned home and saw him with her daughter.(Representative Image)
The 25-year-old accused was caught by the locals and handed over to the police after the mother of the victim returned home and saw him with her daughter.(Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 24, 2019 12:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

FIR against absconding Gurugram doctor for allegedly molesting 13-year-old son

The incident came to light when the boy’s mother, who is also a doctor, took him to an NGO for counselling after she noticed changes in his behaviour, said a police official privy to the case.
The boy’s mother, who is living separately from her husband, filed a police complaint on Sunday about the molestation, which allegedly happened in June 2018.(AFP File / Representative Photo)
The boy’s mother, who is living separately from her husband, filed a police complaint on Sunday about the molestation, which allegedly happened in June 2018.(AFP File / Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 22, 2019 11:37 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | ByHT Correspondent

Five-year-old girl allegedly raped by tuition teacher in Uttarakhand’s US Nagar

Sanjay Kumar, in-charge, Sitarganj police station, said the incident came to light on Saturday late evening following which the girl’s parents approached the police. 
Police said that once the medical reports of the girl comes and interrogation is completed, they will decide whether more IPC sections need to be added to the FIR.(Representative Image)
Police said that once the medical reports of the girl comes and interrogation is completed, they will decide whether more IPC sections need to be added to the FIR.(Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 21, 2019 04:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Nainital | ByHT Correspondent

Thane man arrested for alleged sexual assault of his 4-year-old son over two years

According to Thane police, the accused was first caught by his wife, who had warned him. But he continued molesting his son and threatened his wife that he would kill the boy if she complained to anyone.
The accused continued molesting his minor son whenever his wife would go out of the house despite being warned by her.(AFP File / Photo used for representational purpose)
The accused continued molesting his minor son whenever his wife would go out of the house despite being warned by her.(AFP File / Photo used for representational purpose)
Updated on Jan 16, 2019 10:04 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByArvind Walmiki, Thane

Pune activists demand clarity in new child policy

The policy has a unique feature where it says every employee should sign a declaration that he will respect children, support the right of children,protect them from any kind of harm or abuse and always report any child abuse, exploitation or neglect
The crimes against children especially child sexual abuse and reporting of such incidences have doubled.(HT/PHOTO)
The crimes against children especially child sexual abuse and reporting of such incidences have doubled.(HT/PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 29, 2018 02:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByNozia Sayyed

Small Mizoram records ‘big’ numbers in child sexual offences; authorities say it is due to increased reporting

According to the National Crime Records Bureau that bases its statistics on the rate of cases under the POCSO Act , the national crime rate of sexual abuse of children in 2015 was 3.3. Mizoram however, recorded a rate of 30.7 - the highest in the country-followed by Sikkim (26.6).
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Updated on Dec 04, 2018 08:14 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Aizawl | ByUtpal Parashar

Must protect teenage girls against daily harassment

Experts say that a support system helps detect such crime. Under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, teachers are required by law to report child abuse if they get to know about one.
A placard during a protest against sexual harassment in the workplace in New Delhi on October 13.(AP File Photo)
A placard during a protest against sexual harassment in the workplace in New Delhi on October 13.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2018 04:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByShivani Singh

Govt may revise visa form for foreign nationals with criminal record of child abuse

The revised visa application will have a separate questionnaire about child sexual abuse, Maneka Gandhi said.
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi(PTI File Photo)
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi(PTI File Photo)
Published on Oct 22, 2018 10:33 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByIndo Asian News Service

'We failed them': Australia apologises to child sex abuse victims

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday made a national apology to thousands of Australian victims of institutional child sex abuse for failing to protect them from the “evil dark” crimes committed over the decades
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison prepares issued a national apology to victims of child sex abuse in an emotional address to parliament October 22, acknowledging the state failed to stop
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison prepares issued a national apology to victims of child sex abuse in an emotional address to parliament October 22, acknowledging the state failed to stop "evil dark crimes" committed over decades. (Photo by Sean Davey / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Oct 22, 2018 04:13 PM IST
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Australia | ByAgence France- Presse

HT explainer: No bar for reporting child abuse, the long and short of it

Hindustan Times deconstructs the issue and explains why it is relevant in 2018, six years after POCSO Act came into force and at a time when a movement such as #MeToo is gaining momentum in the country.
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Updated on Oct 18, 2018 11:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByAneesha Bedi

Law ministry lifts time limit for child abuse victims to file case

Under section 468 of the code of criminal procedure (CrPC), any offence, including child abuse, which can lead to a prison term of three years has to be reported within three years of the incident.
The law ministry has endorsed a proposal of the Women and Child Development Ministry to remove the time limit for reporting child sexual abuse, women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said Tuesday.(AFP File Photo)
The law ministry has endorsed a proposal of the Women and Child Development Ministry to remove the time limit for reporting child sexual abuse, women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said Tuesday.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2018 11:23 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByAnisha Dutta

Woman burns boy’s private parts after he refuses her alleged sexual advances

The alleged crime took place on Friday afternoon when the woman allegedly took the child with her on the pretext of needing help to carry groceries to her house.
The medical test revealed that the child was burned with a pair of tongs on his right thigh and private parts.(AFP File Photo)
The medical test revealed that the child was burned with a pair of tongs on his right thigh and private parts.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Oct 10, 2018 02:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByVaibhav Jha

150 arrested for targeting non-Gujaratis over 14-month-old’s rape in Sabarkantha

The attacks took place after hate messages against non-Gujaratis, particularly those from Bihar and UP, were circulated on social media, police said.
Non-Gujaratis, especially those hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, were targeted in several parts of the state following the arrest of a Bihar native for allegedly raping a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district last week, police said Friday.(Representative Image)
Non-Gujaratis, especially those hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, were targeted in several parts of the state following the arrest of a Bihar native for allegedly raping a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district last week, police said Friday.(Representative Image)
Published on Oct 05, 2018 06:18 PM IST
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Ahmedabad | ByPress Trust of India

Two minor girls raped in Surat, one critical after being found inside a pipe

Eleven hours after the first girl disappeared, the police found her in severely injured and unconscious state from under a huge pipe lying at an open ground.
Two minor girls were allegedly raped in Gujarat’s Surat on Saturday.(AP File Photo)
Two minor girls were allegedly raped in Gujarat’s Surat on Saturday.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2018 11:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad | ByHT Correspondent

6-yr-old tribal girl allegedly raped by 3 minor boys in MP’s Indore: Police

The child was allegedly raped by the three school-going boys in Datoda village on September 21. Two accused, aged 15, are Class 8 students. The third boy is a Class 7 student and is 12 years old.
A six-year-old tribal girl was allegedly raped by three boys, including her cousin, in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district, police said Thursday.(File Photo)
A six-year-old tribal girl was allegedly raped by three boys, including her cousin, in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore district, police said Thursday.(File Photo)
Published on Sep 27, 2018 06:46 PM IST
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Indore (MP) | ByPress Trust of India

Three-year-old girl dies during rape by neighbour in Jharkhand’s Gumla

According to the police, the minor girl of Kolhutoli village of Gumla district was playing outside her home on Sunday evening and her parents had gone to market when the incident took place.
A three-year-old girl has died during rape by a neighbour in Jharkhand’s Gumla district, police said on Monday.(Representative Image)
A three-year-old girl has died during rape by a neighbour in Jharkhand’s Gumla district, police said on Monday.(Representative Image)
Updated on Sep 25, 2018 01:19 PM IST
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Ranchi | ByIndo Asian News Service

Three-year-old girl sexually assaulted in Nainital school bus: Police

Nainital district magistrate said the authorities would issue notices to all schools on strict implementation of the Supreme Court guidelines for school buses.
The 3-year-old girl’s parents took her to a doctor on September 17 after she complained of pain in her private parts, police said.(AP File Photo)
The 3-year-old girl’s parents took her to a doctor on September 17 after she complained of pain in her private parts, police said.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Sep 22, 2018 11:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Nainital | ByNeeraj Santoshi, Nainital
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