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Delhi’s terrible guilt: Only 12% convicted of raping children

Delhi’s terrible guilt: Only 12% convicted of raping children

A mere 12 percent of men accused of child rape are convicted of the crime by specially designated sessions courts that deal with cases filed under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO.)Between 2014 and 2015, the city sessions courts delivered judgments in 170 POCSO cases, according to the Delhi district courts website. Only 20 cases resulted in guilty verdicts. The accused were acquitted in the remaining 150.

Thirty child rape victims claimed the accused threatened them prior to filing the case and 114 complainants turned hostile before the court. Child psychologist Dr Roma Agarwal explains the high hostility rate saying, “The questions are very sexually graphic and can be very traumatising for the child and make them very, very uncomfortable”(HINDUSTAN TIMES,2016).


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