Awareness about Acts and Amendments in Bills Related to Sexual Offences amongst Medical Students and Interns In A Private Medical College and Hospital at Chennai
Keywords:Awareness, Amendment,Sexual offence, POCSO Act, MTP bill, Rape.
Women and Children constitute one of the vulnerable sections of our society. Proactive scheduling and
stipulation of services to them is an asset for the future of our country. Their care and protection has emerged
as a precedence for the Government .The objective of the study was to assess and analyze the awareness
about the amendments in acts and introduction of new bills related to sexual offences amongst Medical
students and Interns in teaching medical colleges,hospitals at Chennai. 300 participants took part in this
cross sectional study which revealed that almost one fifth of them (20%) felt that only children below 16
years came under the POCSO Act 2012. Nearly 55% of the participants were unaware of the exact features
of the POCSO Act 2012. Only one fourth were aware that as per the new amendment in the proposed MTP
bill regarding requirement of only a single RMP’s opinion for termination of pregnancy up to 20 weeks,
while 56% of the participants were unaware of the minimum punishment for the rape of a girl under 16
The study result implies the need to have more educational sessions for the students regarding the amendments
in the acts.
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