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International Family Law

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10 OCT 2012

India - Children in distress, remedies in Indian law

Today's children constitute tomorrow's future. Sad, but true, we are not protecting our children. Our future is in jeopardy. Abuse of child inmates of protection homes have recently shocked the conscience of the nation. Physical, mental and sexual harassment was rampant in these private institutions. Offences of molestation, rape, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation and immoral trafficking have been reportedly registered against these protection houses where the care givers turned into predators. A plethora of laws exist to protect child rights. The Indian Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill 2011 is also on its way to become a deterrent law. However, enacting laws is not the solution. Sensitisation of child rights, appointing Ombudsmen to protect children and above all providing special care to their privileges is the clarion call of the day. Lethargy, indifference, tardiness and insensitivity to protection of children must end. Callous treatment of children should be penalised by social ostracization of child offenders as law alone is not the remedy.

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