Yogi Adityanath-led government of UP has ordered the withdrawal of a 22-year-old case against him under a new law passed in the Vidhan Sabha on December 22. The recently concluded winter session of the Vidhan Sabha had unanimously passed the Uttar Pradesh Criminal Law (Composition of Offences and Abatement of Trials) (Amendment) Bill, 2017, for abatement of criminal trials in around 20,000 cases that were lodged against politicians, legislators and others for apprehension of the breach of peace. Initiating debate on the UPCOCA, Yogi had mentioned that his government proposed to introduce such a Bill to withdraw “politically motivated” cases of “non-serious nature” registered against ministers, legislators and others in the state.
53% kids sexually abused
A survey sponsored by Central goverment has found that more than 53 per cent children in India face one or more forms of sexual abuse, the Rajya Sabha was informed. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the Ministry of Women and Child Development had conducted a study on Child Abuse in 2007, covering 13 states and more than 13,000 children.
More than 53 per cent of children interviewed reported having faced one or more forms of sexual abuse, 21.90 per cent child respondents reported facing severe forms of sexual abuse and 50.76 per cent other forms of abuse, he said in written reply to a question. Ahir said 50 per cent abusers were persons known to the child and most children did not report the matter to anyone.
Children on the streets, at work and in institutional care reported the highest incidence of sexual assault.
The 13 states where the survey was conducted were Assam, Mizoram, Goa, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala.