Due to lack of evidence, every day four children of sexual abuse are being denied justice

Rising cases of sexual abuse in young children shows that even though there are strict laws, but they are not being implemented with the same strictness. The figures which have come out reveal that childhood is still unsafe. On average, four of the sexually abused children are not getting justice every day, as the police close the case due to lack of evidence.

This fact came to light after studying the cases filed under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act 2012 by the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation and how they were disposed. The data were collected on the basis of a study of cases filed between 2017 and 2019 at the National Crime Records Bureau. Meanwhile, the number of cases closed has increased. The police closed the cases citing lack of evidence after investigation and did not file charge sheets.

51% of cases of five states including UP, Haryana, Delhi. About 51% of the cases were reported in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi. The punishment percentage ranges from 30% to 64%. Most of the victims come from weaker sections. In this case, cases are closed.

3000 cases do not reach court: Around 3000 cases registered under POCSO
do not reach court after investigation and four victims children are not able to get justice every day and their cases are closed. Nearly 43% of cases were closed in 2019 as compared to 2017 and 2018.

Reason for closure of the case: Despite the registration of the case, the case does not reach the court for trial due to lack of evidence and evidence. In closed cases the police have considered the lack of evidence as the reason.

The matters required to form a monitoring unit should be monitored by a DSP level officer. It has been recommended to set up separate units to monitor child sexual abuse cases in all districts.

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