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POSCO offence to be tried as per JJ Act


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  • The Kerala High Court has determined that children accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, should be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions outlined in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) (JJ) Act.
Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Introduced by the Ministry of Women and Child Development to combat sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Defines a child as any person below eighteen years of age and prioritizes their best interests and well-being.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Aims to ensure the healthy physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of children.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Provides stringent legal provisions and punishments, including rigorous imprisonment for life and fines, for offenders.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Encompasses provisions for prosecuting those involved in trafficking children for sexual purposes and abetment.

Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Implemented in 2016, replacing the previous 2000 Act.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Aligned with the objectives of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children ratified by India in 1992.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Sets forth procedural safeguards for children in conflict with the law, ensuring fair treatment and protection of their rights.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Addresses challenges such as delays in adoption processes, high pendency of cases, and accountability of institutions involved in child welfare.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Specifically addresses the needs of children aged 16-18 in conflict with the law, acknowledging an increase in reported crimes committed by this age group.

 

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