Monday, August 21, 2006

"It takes a Community to Protect a Child"

Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Mr. Justice A.P.Shah, in his inaugral address emphaiszed the following :
  • India needs a comprehensive law to protect children from sexual abuse.
  • The need to introduce inter-disciplinary and inter-agency work to protect children from abuse.
  • A joint investigating team comprising a police officer, medical doctor, mental health specialists and social workers to deal with child abuse cases.
  • The need for separate child courts for child victims.
  • Reviewing the exisitng provisions and definitions on rape and molestation in the Indian Penal Code, which are inadequate to deal with sexual violence against children.

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