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The legislation also considers incestuous sex with a minor under 18 to be rape.(AP)

France changes child rape law

Reuters | , Paris
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 07:41 AM IST
There had been concerns from some lawmakers that an age of consent below which sex automatically constituted rape might criminalise a consensual sexual relationship between a minor and a person only a few years older.
In 2016, more than 36,000 cases were registered under Pocso. But trials commenced only in 6,449 cases. Verdicts were passed in 911 cases, an abysmal 4% of the total cases(REUTERS)
In 2016, more than 36,000 cases were registered under Pocso. But trials commenced only in 6,449 cases. Verdicts were passed in 911 cases, an abysmal 4% of the total cases(REUTERS)

Rethinking the legal regime against child abuse

By Shireen Vakil
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2019 07:24 PM IST
Rather than stricter provisions, enforce the current law, be sensitive to victims, and ensure certainty of punishment
In an order in the same case last week, the CJI recorded that as per the data collated by the apex court’s registry, as many as 24,212 first information reports (FIRs) relating to child rape have been filed across India between January 1 and June 30 this yea. (Photo by Mohd Zakir / Hindustan Times)
In an order in the same case last week, the CJI recorded that as per the data collated by the apex court’s registry, as many as 24,212 first information reports (FIRs) relating to child rape have been filed across India between January 1 and June 30 this yea. (Photo by Mohd Zakir / Hindustan Times)

Dismayed at delays, SC seeks status of all cases of child rape

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2019 11:38 PM IST
The CJI said it was regrettable that in Delhi, out of 172 cases listed for trial since January, only two cases have been disposed of till date
Reported crimes of sexual harassment, molestation, and kidnapping towards women have increased in 2018, in comparison to 2017, according to the Economic Survey of Maharashtra.(AP File Photo)
Reported crimes of sexual harassment, molestation, and kidnapping towards women have increased in 2018, in comparison to 2017, according to the Economic Survey of Maharashtra.(AP File Photo)

Maha unsafe: Rise in crimes against women and children

Mumbai | By Eeshanpriya MS
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 08:52 AM IST
Experts said a change in the definition of rape, molestation sexual harassment has led to reportage of more cases.
Child rights activists and experts said that just making laws will not help bring down cases of minors’ rapes, unless the society and the lawmakers are sensitised towards the issue.(AFP)
Child rights activists and experts said that just making laws will not help bring down cases of minors’ rapes, unless the society and the lawmakers are sensitised towards the issue.(AFP)

Delhi minors’ rape-murder: Certainty of punishment for culprits lacking, say experts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2019 03:04 PM IST
Delhi Police data shows that last year, till November 15, 919 cases of child rapes were reported in the city. In 2017, the figure stood at 921. The cases of molestation and abuse were much higher.
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)

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

Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2018 11:03 AM IST
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.
child abuse Shutterstock(Shutterstock)
child abuse Shutterstock(Shutterstock)

8-year-old boy murdered in suspected sodomy case in Gujarat’s Rajkot: Police

Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2018 06:33 PM IST
The police said that after dumping the body, the accused pretended to help the family in searching for the boy.
One of the girls, who was allegedly assaulted on September 14, underwent surgery after the incident and is recovering.(AFP File Photo)
One of the girls, who was allegedly assaulted on September 14, underwent surgery after the incident and is recovering.(AFP File Photo)

Two minor girls allegedly raped in a day at posh Hyderabad school

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2018 05:03 PM IST
Both alleged rapes happened on September 14. While one was reported the same day, the police complaint for the second was filed on September 21.
Buddhist monks offer prayers for peace during an inter-faith prayer meeting at Raj Ghat. (Photo used for representative purposes only)(AFP File Photo)
Buddhist monks offer prayers for peace during an inter-faith prayer meeting at Raj Ghat. (Photo used for representative purposes only)(AFP File Photo)

Children allege monk called them to bedroom, sexually abused them at Buddhist centre in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya

Hindustan Times, Bodh Gaya | By Anil Kumar Ojha
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 10:48 AM IST
The children said Bhante Shanghpriya Sujoy used to call them in their bedroom and sexually abuse them. They also said they were beaten up by him and even threatened with dire consequences if they refused to oblige him.
The district child welfare committee visited the school after(Shutterstock/Representative image)
The district child welfare committee visited the school after(Shutterstock/Representative image)

Five students allege they were sodomised and threatened by gurukul staff, seniors in Haryana

Hindustan Times, Rohtak | By Hardik Anand, Rohtak
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 04:47 PM IST
An FIR has been registered on the complaint of five students who say they were sodomised, thrashed and threatened of dire consequences by the gurukul staff and their seniors, in Rohtak.
In June, a Reuters Foundation study declared India to be the most unsafe country for women.(AP Photo)
In June, a Reuters Foundation study declared India to be the most unsafe country for women.(AP Photo)

Why the severity of India’s rape problem can’t be captured by crime statistics

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2018 07:43 AM IST
India does not recognise marital rapes as a criminal offence. According to the 2015-16 National Family and Health Survey (NFHS), around 6% of Indian women aged 15-49 have experienced sexual violence at least once.
Women hold candles and placards during a protest against rape cases.(AP File Photo)
Women hold candles and placards during a protest against rape cases.(AP File Photo)

Teenager allegedly raped by Bihar coaching institute owner for months

Patna | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUL 31, 2018 08:59 AM IST
The girl told her mother that the institute’s owner had been sexually assaulting her for the past eight months in Bihar.
A protestor stands with a placard during a protest against two recently reported rape cases as they gather near the parliament in New Delhi, India.(AP File Photo)
A protestor stands with a placard during a protest against two recently reported rape cases as they gather near the parliament in New Delhi, India.(AP File Photo)

India needs 1,023 special courts to try cases of rape and child rape: Law minister

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2018 05:28 PM IST
These courts are to be set up as part of a larger scheme to strengthen infrastructure for better investigation and swift prosecution in such cases
17 people accused in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 11-year-old girl are produced at Madras High Court, in Chennai.(PTI Photo)
17 people accused in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 11-year-old girl are produced at Madras High Court, in Chennai.(PTI Photo)

Chennai rape: 66-year-old lift operator was the first to allegedly rape 11-year-old girl

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2018 09:27 AM IST
The 11-year-old girl, who has a hearing disability, was allegedly sexually assaulted inside a largely unoccupied apartment block in Chennai.
Chandi Das, accused of raping a 3-year-old girl at a Greater Noida school, was arrested on Saturday.(Picture: Sourced)
Chandi Das, accused of raping a 3-year-old girl at a Greater Noida school, was arrested on Saturday.(Picture: Sourced)

Lifeguard accused of raping 3-year-old girl at Greater Noida nursery school, arrested

Hindustan Times, Greater Noida | By Vaibhav Jha
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2018 07:47 AM IST
The Greater Noida police said that they had a medical test done on the three-and-a-half-year-old girl that found signs of force having been applied on her private parts.
The teenage girl, who was allegedly raped by a man on Wednesday, is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Jhansi in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.(Reuters File Photo)
The teenage girl, who was allegedly raped by a man on Wednesday, is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Jhansi in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.(Reuters File Photo)

Man rapes, hits 15-year-old girl with stone in Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh

Tikamgarh | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2018 09:47 PM IST
The rape victim was found in a critical condition at a forest area of Satrai village in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday morning, police said.
School children hold placards and participate in a silent protest rally against the rape and murder of a girl.(AP File Photo)
School children hold placards and participate in a silent protest rally against the rape and murder of a girl.(AP File Photo)

Sexually abused man writes to President asking for mercy killing, says unable to bear trauma

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu, Hyderabad
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2018 06:25 PM IST
The 24-year-old man from Andhra Pradesh said he had been sexually abused by his cousin first, when he was eight years old, and again, at the hands of his teacher when he was in high school.
People take out a silent candlelight protest against the rising incidence of rape across the country in Kolkata.(Samir Jana/ HT File)
People take out a silent candlelight protest against the rising incidence of rape across the country in Kolkata.(Samir Jana/ HT File)

Man throws acid on minor girl in Bihar

Hindustan Times, Bettiah | By Sandeep Bhaskar
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2018 09:07 PM IST
The victim’s grandmother and sisters were also injured in the attack. Police are hunting for the accused.
The girl was first gang-raped by three schoolmates in the school lavatory in December 2017, according to the FIR.(Reuters file photo)
The girl was first gang-raped by three schoolmates in the school lavatory in December 2017, according to the FIR.(Reuters file photo)

Bihar girl says she was raped by principal, 2 teachers, 15 school mates

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Avinash Kumar
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2018 11:14 AM IST
According to the FIR, the girl was gang-raped by three schoolmates, who shot a video that they shared with friends. The video was used by other accused to blackmail her for sex.
Although there have been a few incidents of sexual abuse at Kolkata schools over the last few months, none of them involved a child of such a tender age.(HT illustration)
Although there have been a few incidents of sexual abuse at Kolkata schools over the last few months, none of them involved a child of such a tender age.(HT illustration)

Two-year-old boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Kolkata playschool, case registered

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2018 05:52 PM IST
Police have registered a case under the POCSO Act, and started the process of identifying suspects.
The accused took the girl to a jungle, raped her and left her under a tree as he thought she had died.(Reuters File Photo)
The accused took the girl to a jungle, raped her and left her under a tree as he thought she had died.(Reuters File Photo)

Four-year old raped in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna, airlifted to AIIMS Delhi

Hindustan Times, Satna | By Amit Sengar
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2018 09:44 PM IST
Police said the accused kidnapped the girl who was sleeping in the courtyard of her family’s house in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna.
Students shout slogans during a protest against the rape of children.(Reuters File Photo)
Students shout slogans during a protest against the rape of children.(Reuters File Photo)

Three-year-old girl’s body found at a field in Bihar, police suspect rape

PTI, Samastipur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2018 08:21 PM IST
The girl’s family members had approached the police on Saturday after her mother claimed that a man, known to them, had taken the child away from her by force when she was tending to goats in the fields.
(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)
(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)

Let’s Talk About Child Rape: No one can vouch for rapists even after therapy, says Samir Parikh

By Samir Parikh
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2018 01:14 PM IST
In the last and final part of our series, Let’s Talk About Child Rape, Dr Samir Parikh writes that child rapists, like many other deviants, learn to mask their sexual urges, which often make it impossible to identify them in a social setting.
(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)
(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)

Let’s Talk About Child Rape: Pendency high, conviction rate low, says lawyer Indira Jaising

By Indira Jaising
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 07:53 AM IST
In Part 4 of our series, Let’s Talk About Child Rape, lawyer Indira Jaising writes that law alone cannot end child rape. Rape within the family cannot be policed. Unless our attitudes to children change, child rape will continue.
(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)
(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)

Let’s talk about child rape | Laws tighter, but not much change on ground, says IPS officer

By RK Vij
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2018 07:13 AM IST
In Part 3 of our series, Let’s Talk About Child Rape, a senior police officer says that series of refresher training courses need to be organised to sensitise the police about their responsibilities to minor victims.
The mother of the 16-year-old raped by Asaram recounts a journey in which her daughter has now become her hero.(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)
The mother of the 16-year-old raped by Asaram recounts a journey in which her daughter has now become her hero.(Illustration: Animesh Debnath)

Let’s talk about child rape | My daughter was raped by our ‘god’, says mother of rape survivor in Asaram case

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2018 07:14 AM IST
In part two of our series, Let’s Talk About Child Rape, the mother of the 16-year-old raped by Asaram recounts a journey in which her daughter has now become her hero.
(Illustration by Animesh Debnath)
(Illustration by Animesh Debnath)

I fear my girls will ask me meaning of the word rape, says Gautam Gambhir

By Gautam Gambhir
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2018 07:02 PM IST
In the first part of our series, Let’s Talk About Child Rape, cricketer Gautam Gambhir says his worst nightmare is he’ll see a day when he hears them saying, A for Abuse, B for Brutality, C for Cruelty.
Protesters take up a rally against the increasing number of rapes across the country in recent months.(Shankar Narayan/HT File)
Protesters take up a rally against the increasing number of rapes across the country in recent months.(Shankar Narayan/HT File)

Assam: Relative held after 15-yr-old girl found impregnated through rape

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Utpal Parashar
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2018 12:19 PM IST
Local residents surrounded the local police station where the accused was being held, and demanded that he be given the death penalty.
People protest demanding punishment against child rape.(Reuters File Photo)
People protest demanding punishment against child rape.(Reuters File Photo)

Gurugram man rapes daughter for 6 months, makes her believe it’s normal; arrested

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Abhishek Behl
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 11:16 PM IST
The Gurugram man had manipulated the daughter into believing that such relations happen in every house.
A woman holds a candle and placard seeking an end to sexual violence against women.(AP File Photo)
A woman holds a candle and placard seeking an end to sexual violence against women.(AP File Photo)

16-year-old Jharkhand girl raped and set on fire succumbs to injuries

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2018 03:54 PM IST
The 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped on May 4 by a neighbour Bacchan Mandal at her house in Kakarwana village.
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