‘The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012’ in Clinical Settings

Promises and Challenges

  • Aloka Joy Consultant Psychiatrist, Institute for mind and brain, Thrissur
  • Manoj Kumar Therayil Honorary Director, Institute for mind and brain, Thrissur; Consultant Psychiatrist, St George Hospital Stafford, UK ; Senior Lecturer, keele University, UK
  • Vasudevan VT Namboodiri Vasudevan Namboodiri, Consultant Psychiatrist, Institute for mind and brain, Thrissur
Keywords: child sexual abuse, POCSO, challenges

Abstract

Many of us feel overwhelmed while handling a child abuse case in a busy outpatient unit. Though ‘The Protection of children from sexual offences act, 2012’ is strictly in action now, it possesses a lot of imperfections which challenges its effective implementation. This article highlights the strengths of the act and at the same time reflects the ethical and legal dilemmas we usually encounter in our day to day practice.

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Published
2019-07-24
Section
Psychiatry in Kerala