Court roots for greater awareness on tackling sexual assaults on kids

A very heartening news this morning

The Bombay high court has pitched for greater awareness of the three ‘R’s–recognise, resist and report–to tackle sexual assaults on children. Justice Roshan Dalvi’s observations came while upholding the 10 years rigorous imprisonment awarded to a Raigad resident who had raped a nine-year-old standard III student seven years ago.

“It is when society, as also families, fail to follow these principles that offences of the kind alleged by the prosecution, in this case (rape of a child), take place,” said Justice Dalvi. The judge said that while such crimes were universal, in rural areas, sexual abuse of children was left unobserved. “It is, therefore, that the crime persists with regular frequency over the most innocent victims,” said the judge.

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