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Following years have witnessed the resurfacing of an old demand for a nationwide Sex Offenders’ Registry (SOR).
What should concern us here is the fact that experience and research on the existing systems abroad prove that the SOR has little utility in curbing sexual offences or making the social environment safe for children. On the other hand, as a total package it is a hugely counterproductive, draconian and regressive measure that shall convert the stray sexual offender into a habitual criminal for whom crime is the only career left.
It is imperative that before our Government pays a serious heed to the demand for a Sexual Offenders’ Registry, we should also take a look at all the reasons why it is NOT a good idea!
Read Dr. Pravin Patkar’s report examining the proposal to introduce Sex Offenders’ Registry.
The article source is pravinpatkar.blogspot.in.
Dr. Pravin Patkar , Co-Founder & Director of Prerana (India’s leading and pioneering anti-trafficking civil society organization), Retired Faculty TISS, Ex. Professor-Amrita University, ex Vice Chairperson ECPAT International, and Fulbright Scholar (Fulbright Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellow 2015-2016, in residence at University of Rhode Island, USA).
Assisted by Priti Patkar, Co-Founder and Executive Secretary of Prerana (India’s leading and pioneering anti-trafficking civil society organization), a Gold Medalist from The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, authored 7 books and several research reports to her credit published/released by The National Commission for Women, UNICEF, UNDP, USAID/FHI and others sponsored by Groupe Development (France), Concern India Foundation, USAID, etc.
Assisted by Kashina Kareem, Assistant Director, Prerana (India’s leading and pioneering anti-trafficking civil society orgnization), Recipient of Gandhi Fellowship.