Black and white picture of a child running in a corridor. Illustrated version of photo of authors: two brown people smiling. Captioned: The Silence on sexuality- Priyangee Guha and Srinidhi Raghavan

To keep children safe, talk to them meaningfully about sexuality

Co-author - Srinidhi Raghavan Our engagement with sexuality begins early, probably when we were caught scratching the in-between-parts of our body and heard, “chhi chhi, don’t touch there” from adults. This statement, inter alia, made  two connections: a) do not touch ‘there’; b) it is shameful to do so. Most children therefore encounter information about … Continue reading To keep children safe, talk to them meaningfully about sexuality

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POCSO’s child friendly policies good in theory, but practically we need to do better

It's the 9th anniversary of POCSO. It is nearly impossible to keep the victim protected from the accused. The entry and exit to court complexes are usually common. The area where litigants and witnesses wait for their turn is also shared. With 41% of the population under 18, India is often called a “young nation”. … Continue reading POCSO’s child friendly policies good in theory, but practically we need to do better

Golden Justice Scale with Two lawyers and a police on one side and a lady and child on other side. A Judge is standing next to the scale holding a gavel.

India’s justice system hardly cares about what the victim wants, and this must change

Victims are only considered witnesses to a crime: The case is typically between the state and the accused.Image for representation. Two recent incidents have taken centre stage in all discussion this week – rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, and the rape of a teenage girl in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. … Continue reading India’s justice system hardly cares about what the victim wants, and this must change

Description: A person sits on a bed, holding a cigarette and wearing earphones. They look at a second person, who stands beside the bed and looks back at them. To their right is a desk with a lamp, a laptop and some books. Behind them is a window through which we see buildings in the moonlight. Credit: Upasana Agarwal.

Dealing with vicarious trauma: What law school did not teach me about working on cases of sexual violence

I am a law graduate, and three or four years ago, I started working with children who are victims of sexual abuse. I told myself that a case like this was just like any other, in which I have to represent my clients and safeguard their interests. I did not think this through. I did … Continue reading Dealing with vicarious trauma: What law school did not teach me about working on cases of sexual violence