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New Delhi: To combat rising cases of child sex abuse, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to strengthen the POCSO Act by including death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children, besides providing stringent punishments for other crimes against minors, officials said.

The proposed changes in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act also provide for fines and imprisonment to curb child pornography.

The modification in the law will address the need for stringent measures against rising trend of child sex abuse in the country and combat the menace of relatively new kind of crimes, the government said, stressing that the strong penal provisions will act as a deterrent.

“It intends to protect the interests of vulnerable children in times of distress and ensures their safety and dignity. The amendment is aimed at establishing clarity regarding the aspects of child abuse and punishment thereof,” it said.

The government, in a statement, said the amendments in Section-2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 14, 15, 34,42 and 45 of the POCSO Act, 2012 are being made to address the aspects of child sexual abuse in an appropriate manner.

“Section-4, 5 and 6 are proposed to be amended to provide option of stringent punishment, including death penalty, for committing sexual assault and aggravated penetrative sexual assault crime on a child to protect the children from sexual abuse,” it said.

The amendments are also proposed in Section-9 to protect children from sexual offences in times of natural calamities and other similar situations and in cases where children are administered, in any way, any hormone or any chemical substance, to attain early sexual maturity for the purpose of penetrative sexual assault, the statement said.

“Section-14 and Section-15 of the POCSO Act, 2012 are also proposed to be amended to address the menace of child pornography. It is proposed to levy fine for not destroying or deleting or reporting the pornographic material involving a child with an intention to share or transmit it,” the government said.


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  1. Government should fix a slab of rent as per the property as 1bhk 2 bhk so to decrease the burden of the people below the poverty line
    Because land lords are made a business of renting houses as per their own will and standard ,which a normal man cannot afford
    People are earning and just paying the huge amount towards rent ,how can they give a good education and nutritional food to family ?

  2. It will only lead to murder of the victims considering the rate of conviction for culpable homicide amounting to murder is very low as it is more difficult to prove beyond doubt of murder in the current scenario of functioning of law enforcement and Judiciary when compared to the Victim being alive

  3. Many people have a principled aversion to the death penalty. Fears are also expressed that mandating capital punishment for violation of children would provide a perverse incentive for the perpetrators to kill them, in order that there is no one to testify against them. However, Zi support this proposal. We need both deterrence and severe penalties for such behaviour.

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