This is a shame that till April 2018, 282 cases of child rape were reported as compared to 278 last year during the same period. With this frequency of rape case reported everyday in the national capital of India, experts have plead on the need for a rehabilitation policy for the victims.

Rehabilitation is to give the better life to the victims.

If we take a look from starting of the year, then in January, a 8-month-old girl was allegedly raped by her cousin in northwest Delhi’s Netaji Subhash Place, while in the month of April, a 10-year-old girl was raped in Ghaziabad after the accused alleged took her from Ghazipur on the pretext of meeting his friends.

As per the data, last year, 894 such cases were reported. Delhi Commission For Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal said there was a lack of sensitivity from the police due to the burden of cases and added that sometimes, even the parents blame the children.

Advocate and child rights activist Mr. Ananth Kumar Asthana, said that assistance should be given to these victims is much more important now. “Counselling is indeed necessary for helping the victims deal with the trauma. Support to the victims has to be based on individual needs of the child and the State must commit to provide a comprehensive support to victims either through a legislation or through a scheme,” he said.

The state must acknowledge that the rehabilitation of victims cannot be dependent on the outcome of a trial and is not limited to a court case, he said, adding that rehabilitation is about rebuilding the life of an individual victim.

Last month, the Union Cabinet had approved an ordinance to allow courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age.

The Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to introduce a new provision to sentence convicts of such crimes to death.

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