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6-Year-Old Boy Subjected to Aggravated Penetrative Sexual Assault, Delhi HC Sustains Life Imprisonment

After another case hits the news about a minor being sexually assaulted; upholding its judgement Delhi High Court stands firm by giving life imprisonment to the accused. Understanding the trauma that child went through and how significantly will this experience embark on his life, Delhi High Court ordered for a compensation amount of Rs. 5 lakh.

In a recent article of August 2018, "Death for Child Rape" - Lok Sabha Passes the Bill - there were talks about the amendment passing and soon a case in the Delhi High Court, administering its effects has surfaced.

The cases of assault in India are anonymously rising and Courts are giving their best, to give appropriate decisions on criminalizing such predators for the welfare of the people as well as the country.

It is not the first time that such kind of an offence has taken place, committing forceful assault on children have become so common. The reason being, a child in his early ages or till the age of 12 years is considered as immature. Until that age, a child does not attain sufficient maturity to understand the acts and its consequences. A child during this age is considered innocent, his statements are also considered as unbiased and free from any tutored guidance. 

In the present matter, the child informed his mother about the incident and also identified the man who committed the offence on him.
On 17th September 2018, Monday, the bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel of Delhi High Court has rejected the appeal of a man convicted by the trial court and upheld the life imprisonment for committing serious sexual assault on a 6-year-old boy. 

The matter came into light when a man working in the nearby factory to the house of the child committed rigorous sexual acts on the child. The man was convicted in January 2015 for committing an offence under Section 5 (m) of the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act), that states about the penetrative sexual assault.

POCSO Act was enforced to protect the children from sexual offences as they are the easy victims of such sexual predators. Such people are left with no sign of humanity and kindness. For the satisfaction of their physical needs, they majorly exploit and target kids. These people know that kids could be easily shut by threatening them and by giving them some fake and exciting promises.

The Court has granted the highest amount of compensation for the rehabilitation and welfare of the child and has held the convict to life imprisonment.

Such kinds of offences and sufferings give mental trauma to the victim. A child in his tender age needs a good environment that helps him in developing in a good way. Giving mere compensations and punishment is not enough, there should be some strong provisions that can put an end to such offences. A child has nothing to do with the amount of compensation he receives. Rather there should be rehab centres that could help him/her to overcome such situations and guide to become a better person.

It is not such that our kids cannot become victims of such offences, we never know the intention of the person standing before or beside us. An obvious question arises on the security of the children and how they could be protected.


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Reviewed by:
Jyoti Yadav
Published on 20-Sep-18