Set up care centre for children who face sexual abuse: SC

A Supreme Court bench has said that the definition of the expression “child in need of care and protection” under Section 2(14) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 is not exhaustive. Although a child victim of sexual abuse under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012is a child in need of care and protection, the court cautioned against consigning every such child to the care of child care institution. Instead, it recommended that alternatives such as adoption and foster care also be considered by the concerned authorities.

Re: Exploitation of Children in Orphanages in the State of Tamil Nadu v. Union of India, 2017 SCC OnLine SC 534 [Supreme Court of India].