Right to Protection Against Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Asha Bajpai

in Child Rights in India

Second edition

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195670820
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082117 | DOI:
Right to Protection Against Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

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This chapter discusses the rights of children against sexual abuse and exploitation. Child marriage is a form of sexual abuse of children. Legal intervention in India is in the form of investigations which start with registration of offences under the earlier Juvenile Justice Act 1986 or the present Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000 or the Indian Penal Code or the Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act 1956 (amended in 1986). The propelling factor for commercial sexual exploitation of children is the role played by traffickers. The advent of sex tourism and child pornography in India has been discussed in this chapter. Examples of judgments on trafficking are also provided here. The enforcement of law in India has been weak in dealing with abusers, exploiters, and traffickers of children. There have been several initiatives for preventing child pornography on the Internet. It has also been noted that children and young people should be offered more effective protection by the legal process.

Keywords: sexual abuse; child marriage; India; Juvenile Justice Act 1986; Juvenile Justice Act 2000; Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act 1956; sexual exploitation; sex tourism; child pornography; trafficking

Chapter.  28515 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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