POCSO Act

POCSO Act

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The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) addresses sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.


The Act defines a child as any person below eighteen years of age.The salient features of the POCSO act are:

  • It is gender neutral (covering girls and boys)
  • It is child friendly
  • It makes both the reporting and the recording of abuse mandatory
  • It lists all known types of sexual offences towards minors. It makes a sexual assault “aggravated” under certain circumstances, such as when the abuse is committed by a person in a position of trust or authority, or when the abused child is below 12 years of age.
  • It provides for the protection of minors during the entire judicial process