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The investigation and trial of offences under this law can be quite intimidating for the child victim and their family. For this reason, the Child Welfare Committee can appoint a Support Person to them to assist them with processes under this law. Such a support person can be appointed only after the victim and the family have consented to it1. The services of this support person can also be terminated at any point of the proceedings upon the request of the child or the family2.
When the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) receives a report about a child being sexually abused they first assess if the child’s safe with the family or in the household. If the CWC believes that the child is still at risk, they have to decide within 3 days whether or not the child has to be taken out of the custody of the family and put in a Children’s Home3. This action is taken only when the CWC believes that the child’s family is not supportive and cannot provide him with care and protection4.
The identity of the child will not be revealed at any time during the trial. This includes the identity of his family, friends, school, neighbourhood or any other information that could lead to the child’s identity being known5.0
- Section 4(8), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Rules, 2012
- Section 4(10), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Rules, 2012
- Section 4(4), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Rules, 2012
- Section 4(5), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Rules, 2012
- Section 23(1)(2), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012