The Reality of Child Sexual Abuse in India

Priyal Singh
Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida, India

Volume III, Issue IV, 2020

Child sexual abuse is a dark reality that is high prevailing in India and with numerous harmful impacts. Child sexual abuse is a universal problem and also a human right issue. The objective of this study is to aware the people about this evil. Child sexual abuse is an extensive problem and even the lowest frequency contains a large number of victims. Child sexual abuse has been publicly acknowledged as a serious problem in India when the Government of India has brought in a special law to deal with child sexual abuse, namely, “The Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012”. The act criminalizes a wide range of acts including child rape, harassment, assault, and pornography, etc. This act has been a major step forward in securing every child’s right. This study highlights the types of child abuse, child sexual abuse, types of child sexual abuse, different forms of child sexual abuse, such as child marriage, online child marriage and child trafficking, legal provisions of child sexual abuse in India, risk factors for victimization and the consequences of child sexual abuse. The study also highlights the situation of child sexual abuse in India.