06 Jul COMPLAINT- A STEP TOWARDS JUSTICE
As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in 2018, only 6 % of rape cases were filed. Another 96% of cases went unreported. This is because of social pressure from society.
Though India is continuously working for Women Empowerment and Education. But we still live in a society where a woman is looked down who has been raped.
Besides being physically abused a woman is mentally tortured. Rapists blackmail victims to viral their rape video on social media platforms and give death threats to their family members if they file a complaint against them.
Platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp, YouTube, Instagram, have certain policies to upload such content but victims are afraid of, what if the video goes viral. So, they don’t file a complaint.
SOLUTION- If they post your objectionable content on social media.
The solution to this problem is “Single Point Legal Agency” which acts as a mediator between public and website where the content has been posted.
1. The victim can provide to URL/Website’s link to National Web Agency and lodge a complaint.
2. Police will track the IP address of the system through which content has been uploaded. and will take the necessary action.
POCSO or The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012 was made to protect the children below 18 years of age, against offenses like sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and pornography. The Act includes different forms of sexual abuse which includes penetrative and non-penetrative assault.
Under certain specific circumstances POCSO states a sexual assault is to be considered “aggravated if the abused child is mentally ill or when the abuse is committed by a member of the armed forces or security forces or a public servant or a person in a position of trust or authority of the child, like a family member, police officer, teacher, or doctor or a person-management or staff of a hospital — whether Government or private.”
The Act also makes it mandatory to report such cases. It makes it the legal duty of a person aware of the offense to report the sexual abuse. In case he fails to do so, the person can be punished with six months’ imprisonment or fine. The Act further states that the evidence of the child should be recorded within a period of thirty days.
POSCO BILL AMENDMENTS 2019
The penal provision is a part of the landmark Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Amendment Bill 2019, which prescribes death penalty for aggravated penetrative sexual assault on children below 16, with a minimum 20-year rigorous imprisonment that can extend to the remainder of convict’s natural life.
After that special court proceeding will be done in front of the camera and the child’s parents.
The complaint is the first step towards Justice.
Always file a complaint against rape.
“RAPE COMPLAINT CAMPAIGN”