SC orders setting up of special courts in districts with over 100 pending POCSO cases

The Supreme Court has ordered the government to set up special courts in those districts where more than 100 cases of sexual offences against children are pending. The special court will be set up under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. The court will only hear sexual assault cases against children and… Continue reading SC orders setting up of special courts in districts with over 100 pending POCSO cases

Gender neutral POSCO bill introduced in RS

The government has introduced Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill 2019 in the Rajya Sabha. The bill seeks to amend POSCO Act, 2012. The amendment bill provides for gender neutral application of stringent punishment, including death penalty, for aggravated penetrative sexual assault of both girl and boy below 16 years of age. For… Continue reading Gender neutral POSCO bill introduced in RS

Govt approves changes in POCSO Act, includes death penalty for sexual offences against children

The Union Cabinet has approved an amendment to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act, 2012. The amendment provides for stringent punishment, including death penalty, for sexual assault of children. The amendments also provide for levy of fines and imprisonment to curb child pornography. Amendments are also proposed to protect children from sexual… Continue reading Govt approves changes in POCSO Act, includes death penalty for sexual offences against children