Police Complaint against Child Sexual Abuse

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 approaches the police to make a complaint against child sexual abuse, the following process will take place:

  • The police will make a written record of the complaint.
  • Based on the report, if the police believe that the child needs immediate care and attention, they will shift the child to a hospital or a shelter home.

On reporting the crime, a person who makes a genuine complaint does not have to worry about being pulled up in court if the offender is not convicted1.

  1. Section 19(7), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.[]

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