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While recording a child’s statement on the abuse the following should be done by the police:1:
- Statement should preferably be recorded by a woman police officer not in uniform.
- It should be recorded at the child’s home or any place he/she feels comfortable.
- It should be recorded in the language of the child, as spoken by the child.
- It should be recorded in the presence of a trusted adult and/or an expert, interpreter, translator or social worker.
- Medical examination should be done within 24 hours in the present of the parents or trusted adult.
- Frequent breaks should be taken while the child is narrating the incident. The Child shouldn’t be rushed while recording the statement.
- Audio or Video recording devices should be used, if available.
- The Police officer should read out aloud the recorded statement to the child.
- The Child/Parent should get a copy of the statement.
While recording a child’s statement by the Magistrate, the following should be done 2:
- The statement of the child has to be recorded in the presence of the parents of the child or any other person in whom the child has trust or confidence.
- The Magistrate can take the help of a translator or an interpreter while recording the statement of the child.
- In cases where the child has a mental or physical disability, the Magistrate can take the assistance of a special educator or any other expert.
- The Magistrate can ensure that the statement of the child is recorded on camera.
- Section 24, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012
- Section 26, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012