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Rethinking the legal regime against child abuse
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India, Sept. 11 -- When I met Pinki (name changed) a couple of years ago, she appeared to be like any other shy teenager, but her story was anything but normal. Sexually abused by her father at the age of 11, she had to wage an incredible battle for justice against her own family members, and well-meaning representatives of the justice system who advised her and her mother to forgive the rapist-father and settle the case. A few years ago, the father was convicted under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso), and Pinki was lucky to have found a safe and caring shelter home for children in need of care and protection. Today, with the help of supportive caretakers and counsellors, Pinki is a topper in her school - hopefu...
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