This document highlights effective practices in rehabilitating child survivors of sexual abuse in Delhi, with a focus on the impact of a collaborative approach. Based on the experiences of Counsel to Secure Justice of working with over 500 children who have been sexually harmed, we believe that collaboration between stakeholders is critical to ensuring positive outcomes for these vulnerable children.
The main legislations that deal with cases of child sexual abuse are the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 and Rules, and Indian Penal Code, 1860. Article 15 of the Indian Constitution read with Article 39, India’s ratification of ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
A report outlining the restorative practices through circle processes in selected observation homes in identified districts including Jaipur, Alwar, Ajmer, Jhunjhunu and Sikar. This project was developed as a collaboration between Department for Child Rights (“DCR”), Government of Rajasthan, UNICEF Rajasthan, and Counsel to Secure Justice (“CSJ”)
A report released by Counsel to Secure Justice and the Centre for Criminology and Victimology at National Law University Delhi in March 2018 that explores using restorative justice processes and restorative practices in child sexual abuse cases in India.
A report released in September 2016 by Counsel to Secure Justice and HAQ: Centre for Child Right that analyses 72 child sexual abuse cases CSJ and HAQ lawyers and social workers handled in Delhi trial courts and how POCSO was implemented in those cases.
A policy brief containing general as well as sector specific recommendations for Government action. It is the product of collaborative efforts of several organisations, academicians, practitioners, and experts working in the area of child rights.
Members of the following networks and alliances contributed to this policy brief: Alliance for Right to ECD, Covid Response Alliance of India on Child Protection (CRAICP), India Alternative Care Network (IACN), ProChild Coalition, Right to Education Forum, Right to Food Campaign, Working Group on Human Rights to India and the UN (WGHR).
Archana’s story. Learn about CSJ’s work providing legal and psychosocial support to children who have been sexually harmed through the story of our client Archana.
CSJ’s work featured by Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera explains the problem of child sexual abuse in India, featuring Rukmini’s story.