Helping Someone Sexually Abuse a Child

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

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[Trigger Warning: The following content contains information on sexual and physical violence which some readers may find disturbing.]

When a person helps, protects, or intentionally encourages someone to sexually abuse a child, they become an abettor of child sexual abuse1.

For example, if a person wants to shoot pornographic videos of a child and someone knowingly encourages them to go ahead with it, that person will be punished under the law for abetting child sexual abuse.

The abettor can be punished with jail time and fine for the actual crime committed2.

  1. Section 16, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.[]
  2. Section 17, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.[]

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