Sexual abuse cases of children

Women and Child Development

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT RAJYA SABHA UN STARRED QUESTION NO.634 TO BE ANSWERED ON 17.09.2020 SEXUAL ABUSE CASES OF CHILDREN 634. DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state: (a) the cases of sexual abuse of children reported in last five years, the State and District-wise data thereof; (b) the steps taken by the Ministry to address this growing menace; (c) whether Government is planning to amend the POCSO Act; (d) whether Government has taken measures to fastrack investigation into such cases, if so, the details thereof; and (e) what aid Government provides to victims of such crimes, provide the data of the last five years? ANSWER MINISTER OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT (SHRIMATI SMRITI ZUBIN IRANI) (a) The State/UT-wise and District-wise details of the number of cases of sexual abuse of children reported from 2014 to 2018, are available at https://ncrb.gov.in/en/crime-india. (b) to (e) The Government of India implements the ‘Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012’, which provides for mandatory reporting, child friendly recording of statement and evidence and speedy trial of the cases. It is stipulated in Section 44 (1) of POCSO Act, 2012 that National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) shall monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Act. Recently, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 has been amended and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, 2019 has been notified on 06.08.2019. The amendments provide for more stringent punishments in case of child sex abuse. The Government implements a scheme for setting up of 1023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs), including 389 exclusive POCSO Courts, for expeditious trial and disposal of cases related to rape and POCSO Act. The Government also provides aid to such victims under the victim compensation schemes.