Police Complaint against Child Sexual Abuse

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

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[Trigger Warning: The following content contains information on sexual and physical violence which some readers may find disturbing.]

When a person approaches the police to make a complaint against child sexual abuse, the following process will take place:

  • The police will make a written record of the complaint.
  • Based on the report, if the police believe that the child needs immediate care and attention, they will shift the child to a hospital or a shelter home.

On reporting the crime, a person who makes a genuine complaint does not have to worry about being pulled up in court if the offender is not convicted(( Section 19(7), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.)).

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