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Let laws on sex crimes be more stringent

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Laws on sexual crimes, as distinct from consensual sex out of wedlock, among adolescents should be made far more stringent. Besides, the judicial system should be more effective in implementing revised laws. It’s regrettable that while the number of sexual crimes registered has shot up, the conviction rate remains low. Special courts should be set up to dispense speedy justice in cases of child abuse. One may wonder how little children can be sexually abused and what bestial pleasure was derived from assaulting a four-year old in a school in Kolkata.

Whatever mental perversion may cause such brutal acts, it appears that such shameful occurrences increased by 82% in 2016. According to National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the increase in such incidence may, however, be due to the greater focus on such crimes and improved registration. The indications are that greater stress is now put on the need for safeguarding our children. There are cases of consensual sex among adolescents. Such action is criminalised in India. Rape cases are filed in such circumstances by parents, who are perhaps not aware of the involvement of their children. Law should be more enlightened about adolescent lovemaking. All this should, however, not minimise the disgrace of an 82% spike in child abuse. Homes and schools should be made more secure and the offenders should be severely punished.

K Ravi, E-237, GGP Colony, Bhubaneswar-751025, Mob: 9437616497 




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