Supreme Court has ordered the government to set up special courts in those
districts where more than 100 cases of sexual offences against children are pending.
special court will be set up under the Protection of Children from Sexual
Offences (POSCO) Act. The court will only hear sexual assault cases against
children and will ensure speedy trial.
Supreme Court has given the Centre 30 days’ time to arrange the funds needed
for infrastructure, and appointment of judges, support staff and prosecutors. The
court has also directed solicitor general to furnish a progress report on 26th September.
POCSO Act, 2012 was enacted to protect the children from offences of sexual
assault, sexual harassment and pornography. The Act defines a child as any
person below eighteen years of age.
the government has introduced Protection of Children from Sexual Offences
(Amendment) Bill 2019.
amendment bill provides for gender neutral application of stringent punishment,
including death penalty, for aggravated penetrative sexual assault of both girl
and boy below 16 years of age.
the first time, the bill carries a definition of child pornography and provide
for levy of fines and imprisonment of up to 5years to curb child pornography.
are also proposed to protect children from sexual offences in times of natural