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New Delhi : As per National Crime Records Bureau, a total of 34,449, 34,505 and 36,022 cases were registered under Sexual Abuse/Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively with crime against children accounting for 0.2% in 2015 over 2014 and 4.4% in 2016 over 2015.

Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act 2015 (Care and Protection of Children) is the primary law to protect the interest of children in need of care and protection and in conflict with law. Integrated Child Protection Scheme(ICPS) now “Child Protection Services” under Integrated Child Development Services, is implemented with an objective to creating a safety net of dedicated structure, services and personnel for protection of children in need of care and protection as well as reduction of vulnerabilities to situations and actions that lead to abuse, exploitation and separation of children from their families.

Under the scheme “Child Protection Services” financial assistance is provided to the States/UTs on sharing pattern for, inter-alia, undertaking a situational analysis of children in difficult circumstances, for setting up and maintenance of various types of Child Care Institutions (CCIs). Under the scheme institutional care is provided through CCIs, as a rehabilitative measure.

At these CCIs, children are provided age appropriate education either within the institution or outside in a formal education system through convergence with other schemes and programmes of the Government or civil society. Under the non-institutional care component, support is extended for adoption, foster care and sponsorship.

The above Information was given by Minister of State for Women and Child Development Dr Virendra Kumar in reply to an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha on August 9, 2018, according to a PIB release.

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