Jump to navigation. Smriti Zubin Irani on July 18, The Act seeks to protect children from offences such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, and pornography. Penetrative sexual assault:. The Bill increases the minimum punishment from seven years to ten years. It further adds that if a person commits penetrative sexual assault on a child below the age of 16 years, he will be punishable with imprisonment between 20 years to life, with a fine.
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International Business World News. Market Watch. Pinterest Reddit. Some of the significant additions in the new rules include provision of mandatory police verification of staff in schools and care homes, procedures to report sexual abuse material pornography , imparting age-appropriate child rights education among others.
For crackdown on child pornography, the rules state that "any person who has received any pornographic material involving a child or any information regarding such pornographic material being stored, possessed, distributed, circulated, transmitted, facilitated, propagated or displayed, or is likely to be distributed, facilitated or transmitted in any manner shall report the contents to the special juvenile police unit SJPU or police, or the cybercrime portal".
Under the rules, the state governments have been asked to formulate a child protection policy based on the principle of "zero-tolerance" to violence against children, which shall be adopted by all institutions, organisations, or any other agency working with, or coming in contact with children. The Centre and state governments have been asked to prepare age-appropriate educational material and curriculum for children, informing them about various aspects of personal safety, including measures to protect their physical and virtual identity; and to safeguard their emotional and mental wellbeing, prevention and protection from sexual offences and reporting mechanisms, including Childline helpline services through toll free number - Under the new rules, any institution housing children or coming in regular contact with children, including schools, creches, sports academies or any other facility for children must ensure a police verification and background check on periodic basis of every staff.
The POCSO Act was enacted in to provide a robust legal framework for the protection of children from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography, while safeguarding the interests of children at every stage of the judicial process.
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Centre notifies new POCSO rules making law for sexual offences against children more stringent
Child sexual abuse laws in India have been enacted as part of the child protection policies of India. The rules formulated by the government in accordance with the law have also been notified on the November and the law has become ready for implementation. India has one of the largest population of children in the world - Census data from shows that India has a population of million children below the age of eighteen  . Protection of children by the state is guaranteed to Indian citizens by an expansive reading of Article 21  of the Indian constitution, and also mandated given India's status as signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Goa Children's Act, ,  was the only specific piece of child abuse legislation before the Act. Child sexual abuse was prosecuted under the following sections of Indian Penal Code :. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences POCSO Act, was enacted to provide a robust legal framework for the protection of children from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography, while safeguarding the interest of the child at every stage of the judicial process.
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