Decoding Child Sexual Abuse examines the social malady of sexual abuse of children from a socio-legal perspective. The book highlights the need to recognise the impact and to gauge the gravity of child sexual abuse. In this context the book discusses the lacunae in the existing legal framework in India. The book analyses in detail the provisions of The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, and the Rules framed thereunder. In addition to this the book also examines the other related statutes including the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
The book provides a holistic view on the subject and will act as a reference to develop best practices relating to substantive and procedural laws. A chapter is dedicated to the comparative analysis of the laws in other jurisdictions and the international conventions and treaties on the subject. The book discusses different dimensions of the subject including the secondary victimisation during trial and the investigation stage. While explaining the procedural laws applicable in cases of child sexual abuse, the need for sensitisation of all the persons involved in the trial process is emphasised. This book will be useful for Judges, Practitioners, Police Officers, Social Activists, NGOs, Judicial Academies, Academicians, and Researchers.