New Delhi: The Centre is planning to amend the POCSO Act to provide justice to male child victims of sexual assault, the Women and Child Development Ministry said.
The decision came just days after an ordinance promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind provided the death penalty for rape of girls under the age of 12.
WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi recently supported a petition on Change.org by filmmaker-activist Insia Dariwala, who said “male child sexual abuse is an ignored reality in India”.
Replying to the petition, she said a first-of-its-kind study on male survivors of child sexual abuse would be conducted. “Another much-neglected sphere of child sexual abuse is male survivors. Child sexual abuse is gender neutral. Boys who are sexually abused as children spend a lifetime of silence because of the stigma and shame attached to male survivors speaking out. It is a serious problem and needs to be addressed,” she said in her response on the campaign website.