BJP demands stringent laws against child sexual abuse

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Mumbai, Aug 5 (UNI) BJP spokesperson Shaina NC today demanded that Maharashtra government come out with stringent laws to curb the instances of sexual abuse of children in the state.

Talking to reporters here, Ms Shaina said ''There is a need to take stringent action to ensure that children are truly protected from abuse of any nature and especially Paedophiles.'' Citing the Anchorage Paedophilia case, wherein the accused British citizens Duncan Grant and Allan Waters were acquitted by the Mumbai High Court, she demanded that state government ask the Centre to join as a co-petitioner to set the tone for a legislation to protect sexual abuse of children, as Sec 377 of IPC does not even mention sexual abuse of children and is extremely vague in cases such as the Anchorage.

Alleging that both the Britishers had engaged in Paedophilia in UK and Tanzania, Ms Shaina demanded that their track record needs to be investigated by contacting both the governments.

''Their credibility was never questioned in the High Court, while the testimony of poor street children victims was questioned,'' she said.

She also questioned as to how many cases of child sexual abuse have the Maharashtra government registered and convicted.

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