articles by Sonal Kellogg

India

High pendency of child sexual abuse cases render POCSO a toothless law: Uttar Pradesh accounts for 25% of all cases under the Act

States like Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal continue to ignore Supreme Court's directive to set up Special POCSO Fast Track Courts (FTC) despite extremely high pendency rates. In some districts in these two states, there are over 1,000 POCSO cases pending for over one year.

India

Despite SC intervention, victim compensation in POCSO cases poor due to cumbersome process, failure to invoke law

The Supreme Court has noted that no scheme for compensation existed for victims of sexual abuse under POCSO and ordered that victims under POCSO should be compensated under Compensation Scheme for Women victims/Survivors of Sexual assault/other crimes of NALSA.

India

Casteism in Gujarat: Dalits across hundreds of villages can't get a haircut due to years of oppression

This practice is so common that it’s not even being raised as a discriminatory practice by the Dalits themselves.

India

Fear of wrath of upper caste makes dreams of Dalit grooms to ride a mare on wedding day a nightmare in Gujarat

Dalit civil society groups including Navsarjan and also Mevani organised a meeting to tackle discrimination being faced by Dalits on 22 May, 2019 in Lhor village in Kadi taluka.

India

To curb child sexual abuse in India, POCSO Act needs wide publicity; personal safety education among children, parents vital

Children are not voters, which is why their needs are often neglected. It is the collective responsibility of all citizens to protect children from child sexual abuse and ensure that they have a childhood free of any abuse.

Politics

Atrocities on Dalits and tribals up by 70% in Gujarat between 2003 and 2018; conviction rate below 5% in Modi's first 3 yrs as PM

Atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat have been rising steadily in the last two decades with the state witnessing a 72 percent increase in the number of registered cases between 2003 and 2018

India

Panels or 'manels'? A study highlights poor representation of women in debates, discussions on TV news channels

A month long media study of 28 TV channels in India undertaken by members of the Network of Women in Media India found that only 13.6 percent women are part of panel discussions on TV news channels.

India

Justice in POCSO cases a long way off in Gujarat: Lack of implementation of Act makes it ineffective deterrent

In Gujarat, the acquittal rate in POCSO cases is many times higher than the conviction rate which is in single digits and much lower than the national rate.