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Law Ministry endorses removal of time limit to report child sexual abuse

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The Ministry of Women and Child Development had recently consulted Ministry of Law in view of the overriding provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act over other criminal laws and provisions of mandatory reporting of such offences.

The Ministry of Law after examining the provisions of POCSO Act vis-à-vis provisions of CrPC has advised that there appears no period of limitation mentioned in Section 19 in regard to reporting of the offences under the POCSO Act, 2012.

The POCSO Act does not provide for any period of limitation for reporting the child sexual offences.

Now any victim, at any age, can complain the sexual abuse faced as a child . The POCSO Act is a gender neutral Act which has been enacted to strengthen the legal provisions for the protection of children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

Often, children are unable to report such crimes as the perpetrator in most cases is either a family member, a relative or closely known person.

Studies have also shown that the child continues to carry the trauma of sexual abuse till very late in life.In order to overcome this trauma many grown up people have started coming out to report the abuse faced by them as children.