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A family member of a child is not only someone related to them by blood, but also by adoption, marriage, guardianship, foster care. It also includes someone who has a domestic relationship with the parents or child or those living in the same house as the child1. When a child is sexually abused by such a family member, they face a more severe punishment than someone who is not a family member since they are in a position of authority and trust to the child. The sentence for this crime is 10 years to life in jail, whereas for a non-family member it is anywhere between 7 years to life 2.
If you are being sexually abused by a family member or know a child in the family that is being sexually abused, please see our explanation of how you can report the crime.0
- Section 5(n) & 9(n), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
- Section 6 & 10, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.