Retrospective study of accused and survivors of sexual offences in Karnal, Haryana

M. Kumar W., A. Pawar, B. Kaur, H. Singh, R. Kumar

Abstract


Sexuality is a crucial part of people’s health, general well-being and quality of life and enjoying a healthy sexuality is well thought-out as a human right. But it is counted as sexual assault or rape if it is without her consent or against her will or when it is obtained by unlawful manners such as fraud, putting her in fear of death or hurt, drugging or impersonation. Sexual offences are traumatic at the time of occurrence and may also leave a very bad and negative impact on her physical and mental health. A retrospective study was performed after collecting Medico-legal reports done on survivors and accused in Government Hospital Karnal from January 2012 to April 2016. In the present study, Total 69 cases of alleged history of sexual assault were taken, out of which 38 cases of male accused and 31 cases of female survivors’ medico-legal reports were studied. The highest percentage of female survivors was among age group between 11-20 years (64.5 %). The highest percentage of male accused was among age group between 21-30 years (55.3 %). During examination it was found that 2 female survivors (6.5%) out of 31 cases had alleged h/o sexual assault at the same time. There were 3 cases (7.9%) of gang rape. Out of these three cases of gang rape, in two cases (66.7%), two each accused persons were involved and in one case (33.3%) four accused were involved. In rest of the cases single male accused was involved. It is seen that younger aged females are at maximum risk for sexual assault threat and young adult males are active in these sexual assault activities. So it is important to give sex education to our young generation and make them aware.

Keywords


sexual offenses; sexual assault; accused, survivors; sex education; gang rape.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18099/ijetv.v3i02.10624

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