POCSO Act: Guarantee of Childrens Security
|POCSO Act: Guarantee of Childrens Security|
There is no sense of moral conduct in society these days. The most tragic is sexual abuse of small children. Not only do the child and his family have to undergo tragedy, but the entire society is shamed from this crime. There is provision of punishment for various crimes in the Indian Constitution, but there was no legal provision for sexual offenses committed with children. The only reason for this is that our society did not even imagine of such a crime.In view of the increasing number of crimes against children in the long run, the government enacted a special law in the year 2012 to control it.
The provision of death by hanging for rape of girls under 12 already existed, but due to the amendment made in IPC, boys who were victims of sexual exploitation were left out. Now there is provision of death by hanging for those accused of sexually assaulting boys also so that they too can protected from sexual exploitation. The amendment in Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act 2012, was approved on August 6, 2018, to save children under 18 (boy or girl) from sexual harassment. There is provision for death sentence for sexual abuse of children under 12 in the amended Act.
Provisions of POCSO Act
The POCSO Act provides for stringent penalties for criminals. Certainly this law will help in prevention of child sexual abuse. It should also ensured participation of the society because any child of any family may become victim of sexual harassment. In such a case, our collective responsibility is to prevent crime and get the accused punished so that criminals remain in fear.