The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 07, 2013
 

Indian child sex victims 'mistreated, humiliated': HRW

 
 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Child victims of sex assaults in India often find themselves humiliated by the police and mistreated by doctors when they pluck up the courage to report abuse, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

In a report released amid continuing anger at the handling of sex cases in the wake of a deadly gang-rape in Delhi, the rights watchdog said the authorities had to become more sensitive towards victims.

"Children who bravely complain of sexual abuse are often dismissed or ignored by the police, medical staff and other authorities," said HRW's regional director Meenakashi Ganguly at the unveiling of the report.

"Instead, they subject the victim to mistreatment and humiliation."