Shaken baby syndrome- an unnoticed child abuse

AUTHOR(s) : Chakraborty Abhijay, Sharma Rituja
DOI No. : 10.31741/ijhrmlp.v5.i2.2019.22

Shaken baby syndrome or abusive head trauma is an injury to the baby’s brain due to child abuse. It is known by different names such as Battered Child Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma. It is an unnoticed crime There is a law and clear guidelines in developed countries such as USA, UK, etc. But there is an absence of law and specific guidelines regarding shaken baby syndrome in India. There is no way to detect this child abuse which is frequently taken place at the household as it is done by caretaker, parents themselves knowingly or unknowingly. This paper outlines about the introduction of this specific type of child abuse, position in an international perspective and Indian perspective with some judicial cases and suggesting of a necessity of proper law and guidelines in India regarding shaken baby syndrome.

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