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ANALYZING THE VICTIMOLOGY OF CHILD-TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

By Aryaman Sharma & Alekshendra Sharma

Child trafficking takes place virtually everywhere on the planet. India is a prime location for the occurrence of child trafficking as many of those who are trafficked come from, pass through or are bound for India. The traffickers who take advantage of children may be from another place in India, or may even personally know the child. Children returning home after being trafficked often face stigma in their communities instead of being accepted home.
Justice J.N. Bhatt in the case of Aamad @ Kalu Abdulbhai Majothi v. State of Gujarat defined ‘victimology’ as “a science of sufferings and resultant compensation.”. Analyzing the victimology of the victims of a crime was first talked about in the case of Mallikarjun Kodagali v. State of Karnataka and Ors. in which the nature, scope and applicability of the right of ‘victim’ to appeal against the acquittal of the accused under S. 372 of CrPC, 1973 was explained. Along with this the Court also stated the requirement of victim impact statements and their necessity in the Court of Law.
This article talks about the victimology of the victims of child-trafficking in India as well as around the world. The author starts by defining the term ‘child-trafficking’ and tells the readers what all is involved in it. Then we talk about the situation of child-trafficking in India. After that, the term victimology is defined and its scientific significance is explained. The article ends with a discussion on the victimology of child-trafficking victims in particular and the laws that are in place in order to help these victims cope up better in life and rehabilitate.

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