POCSO Act, 2012

Share with Your Friends

POCSO Act, 2012

Recently the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, 2012 has completed 10 years of implementation.

  • It may be noted that the ‘Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012 – POCSO’ was implemented on the occasion of 14th November (Children’s Day).
  • It is designed with the aim of protecting children from sexual crimes such as sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography.
  • Even after the implementation of POCSO in the year 2012, in view of the increase in the cases of crimes related to child abuse, in the year 2019, along with several other amendments in the POCSO Act, a provision for capital punishment was made in such crimes.

Salient Features of the Act

  • Provisions have been made for a child-friendly system for reporting, recording evidence and conducting investigations. Provision has also been made for special courts for speedy trial of crimes.
  • It is a gender neutral law. This means that there will be no discrimination on the basis of gender in cases of sexual harassment of boys and girls. The law prescribes severe punishment depending on the gravity of the offence.
  • A child is defined as any person below the age of 18
  • Provision has been made to set up special fast track courts for speedy trial.
  • The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and its equivalent institutions in the states monitor the implementation of this Act.

Challenges related to POCSO Act, 2012

  • The pendency of cases is very high (about 85%).
  • Covid-19 has played a big role in this. The conviction rate is also very low (only around 14%).
  • Exclusive Special Court and Special Public Prosecutor are not available.
  • Procedural lapses come to the fore during the course of investigation. Not only this, there is also a lack of arrangements for the protection and support of the victims.
  • Several High Courts have been questioning the upper age of consent under the Act.

Source – The Hindu

Download Our App

More Current Affairs

Click to Join Our Current Affairs WhatsApp Group

Join Our Whatsapp Group For Daily, Weekly, Monthly Current Affairs Compilation & Daily Mains Answer Writing Test & Current Affairs MCQ

In Our Current Affairs WhatsApp Group you will get daily Mains Answer Writing Question PDF and Word File, Daily Current Affairs PDF and So Much More in Free So Join Now

Register For Latest Notification

Register Yourself For Latest Current Affairs

December 2022
« Nov    

Mains Answer Writing Practice

Recent Current Affairs (English)

Current Affairs (हिन्दी)

Subscribe Our Youtube Channel

Register now

Get Free Counselling Session with mentor

Download App

Get Youth Pathshala App For Free

Open chat
Youth Destination IAS . PCS
To get access
- NCERT Classes
- Current Affairs Magazine
- IAS Booklet
- Complete syllabus analysis
- Demo classes