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Law Ministry wants 1,023 fast track courts for rape, POCSO cases

The proposal comes six years after the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was implemented in November 2012. Setting up of special courts was an essential mandate of the POCSO Act under Section 28 (1).

Delhi HC slams police over probe into POCSO case

A bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal expressed displeasure over the way in which Delhi Police’s investigating officer probed a case involving the alleged illegal confinement and sexual assault of a five-year-old boy by a bus conductor.

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Lucknow: Mob attacks police outpost after constable ‘rapes’ minor

A rape case was registered on the victim's father's complaint and charge under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act were also invoked against the constable.

Mumbai: Man sentenced for making lewd gestures at minor

On the day of the incident, the accused saw the minor standing at the window of her house and made lewd gestures at her.

Mumbai man accused of raping child ‘fakes death to evade trial’, re-arrested

The accused had submitted a false death certificate through his family member before a special court in Mumbai. The incident came to light after a policeman, who suspected the claim of death, went to the accused’s hometown to verify it.

Govt introduces amendments to POCSO Act in Lok Sabha

The Sections 4, 5, 6 of the Act are proposed to be amended to provide the option of stringent punishment, including death penalty, for committing aggravated penetrative sexual assault on a child.

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Guilty till proved innocent

Burden of proof in POCSO cases lies on the accused. The introduction of death penalty will make it difficult for the weak and poor to overturn presumption of guilt.

Child abuse: More death penalty, longer jail terms

WCD Ministry officials said that the amendment was necessary as POCSO, unlike the Indian Penal Code (IPC), is a gender-neutral law that protects both boys and girls under the age of 18.

Gaganyaan project to MSP hike: Key decisions taken by Union Cabinet

The government gave nod to a number of key decisions including a steep hike in minimum support price of copra and approving a bill for Medicine and Homeopathy.

Cabinet strengthens POCSO Act, approves death penalty for aggravated sexual assault against minors

To curb child pornography, the government has decided to impose a fine for not deleting, destroying child pornographic material or reporting child pornography.

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Plenty of evidence to show death penalty for child rapists is no deterrent

The government's proposal to modify the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act or POCSO Act and ensure death penalty for child rapists has many problems. Shalini Nair reports.

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