Film ‘Sunrise’ raising money to highlight child trafficking in India


by Sunny
13th March, 2011 at 4:00 pm    

A new independent film titled ‘Sunrise’ is trying to raise money through web to highlight child trafficking in India.

They say:

Sunrise is a thought provoking and hard-hitting film that addresses the taboo of child abuse in India. In 2007, the Ministry of Woman and Child Development published the ‘Study on Child Abuse: India 2007‘. It reveals that an alarming 53.22% of children in India reported having faced sexual abuse. Nevertheless, the Indian Penal Code does not recognise child abuse as an offence and most offenders (local and foreign) escape with light sentences.

Trailer

Sunrise (Arunoday) is being made by writer-director Partho Sen Gupta, with Adil Hussain (who has just finished shooting for Ang Lee in The Life of Pi) and Tannishtha Chatterjee (who starred in Brick Lane as well as Sen Gupta’s first film, Hava Aney Dey).

You can read more about the film and contribute via this site.
Thanks to @alanalentin for telling me about this.


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  1. KJB — on 13th March, 2011 at 11:27 pm  

    the Indian Penal Code does not recognise child abuse as an offence

    What… the… fuck?! I didn’t know this!

  2. notafeminist — on 14th March, 2011 at 12:50 pm  

    Yeah the penal code doesnt recognise the crime of child abuse and yet the ‘sentences’ are inadequate. Make up your mind or do some bloody fucking research instead of mindlessly taking any soundbite a PR release gives you.

  3. Kismet Hardy — on 14th March, 2011 at 1:19 pm  

    Pointless bit of agrro there

  4. Partho Sen-Gupta — on 14th March, 2011 at 9:19 pm  

    @notafeminist
    I am the writer and director of Sunrise and I have done extensive research in preparation for this film. What you read is not at all contradictory and is not a “mindless soundbite” as you put it.

    I have consulted the Forum Against Sexual Exploitation (http://www.facse.com). This is what they say in their 2010 report under ‘loopholes’:

    “There is no central law on child abuse.

    Laws dealing with sexual offences do not specifically address child sexual abuse.

    The Indian Penal code 1860 does recognise child abuse. Only rape and sodomy can lead to criminal conviction.

    Anything less than rape, as defined by the law, amounts to ‘outraging the modesty’. These laws are already problematic when applied to adult women. They are even more difficult when applied to children.

    While section 376 IPC seeks to provide redress against rape to women, it rarely covers the broad range of sexual abuse (particularly of children) that actually takes place.

    Most of these forms of abuse are sought to be covered under Section 354 IPC as a violation of a woman’s modesty. Though offences under Sec. 354 IPC are cognizable, they are also bailable, allowing the perpetrator to abscond before the case comes to court.

    The Juvenile Justice act, amended and rewritten in 2000, makes no attempt to identify sexual abuse on children. Sec, 23 of the Act deals with assault, exposes, wilful neglect, mental and physical suffering, for which imprisonment prescribed is ONLY 6 months.

    Section 5 of the immoral Traffic Prevention Act 1956 prescribes punishment of not less than 7 years for inducing a child into prostitution, but does not directly address child abuse.

    The word ‘rape’ within the law, is too specific because it does not include abuse on boys.

    ‘Intercourse’ is often interpreted to mean with an ‘adult’ and almost always implies ‘consensual sex’.”

    Forum against child sexual exploitation (2010) Their voice is in your hands. Mumbai: FACSE; pp. 71

  5. Sunny — on 15th March, 2011 at 5:27 am  

    Thanks for clarifying that Partho – much appreciated.

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