The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012

The Protection of Children from Sexual offences Act criminalizes any form of penetrative sexual conduct with a child below 18 years of age. The consent of such person is irrelevant under this enactment. This act penalizes even the intent to commit an offence.

This Act has also provided for the establishment of Special Courts to deal with the offences mentioned under it, which has to complete the trial , as far as possible within 1 year. Apart from this, there are several provisions which aim to establish a child friendly investigation and prosecution process:

1) non disclosure of identity of the child by the media

2) medical examination of the child to be conducted in the presence of the parent of the child or any other person in whom the child has trust or confidence in

3) victim relief and rehabilitation

4) appointment of authorities to oversee the effective implementation of the provisions of the act.

 

Punishments for offences covered in the Act are as follows:posco1

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