Profile of Alleged Accused in Sexual Offence Cases Examined in Kilpauk Medical College – Chennai- A Retrospective Study
Keywords:Sexual Offences, POCSO Act, Alleged Accused, Social Stigma
Despite strict laws like POCSO (Protection of Children Against Sexual Offenses), the cases of sexual violence
against children are not declining in India, relatively it is snowballing year by year. Apart from metros, such
heinous crimes are being carried out in small towns as well. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report
for the year 2020 states that 47,221 cases of child sexual abuse were registered in the country. Most of the victims
in these cases were girls. According to NCRB, the maximum happenings of sexual violence and sexual abuse
happened with girls aged 16 to 18 years. Activists working in this field say that many times the cases do not reach
the police or the family overpowers them for fear of defamation. The POCSO Act was enacted years ago to protect
children from sexual abuse. The question is, has the law been successful in rewarding its objective? According to
the 2016 to 2020 (NCRB) report, the number of reported child sexual abuse cases increased from 36,321 in 2016
to over 47,000 in 2020. This is an increase of 31 percent. According to experts, this number is also just the tip of
the iceberg. In the 2020 report of NCRB, it has been said that only 36 percent of the crimes against children are
registered under POCSO. The research paper examines the retrospective study of the alleged accused in sexual
offence cases examined in Kilpauk Medical College.
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