Wednesday, 19 January, 2022
TopicPOCSO Act

Topic: POCSO Act

SC collegium refuses to confirm Bombay HC judge who gave ‘skin-to-skin contact’ verdict

Justice Pushpa Ganediwala, who gave the ‘unacceptable’ and ‘absurd’ judgments in January 2021, will now have to go back to the subordinate judiciary.

‘Grave error, unacceptable’ — why SC set aside Bombay HC’s ‘skin-to-skin’ contact POCSO verdict

Court says limiting the meaning of 'touch' or 'physical contact' in Section 7 of POCSO Act to 'skin-to-skin contact' would narrow and pedantic, lead to 'absurd interpretation'.

Tale of 2 charge sheets in POCSO case: Why court pulled up Delhi Police for ‘treachery, fraud’

Local court notes that the chargesheet filed with it had made important omissions, and ‘prejudiced’ the right of the accused to a fair trial. 

Calcutta HC says voluntary sexual acts with minors won’t be POCSO case, acquits rape accused

In a 17 September judgment, Calcutta HC said that the maturity and conduct of the victim with the accused acquires relevance when convicting an accused for penetrative sexual assault.

2 videos, 2 FIRs — how bangle-seller thrashed for being Muslim became a POCSO accused next day

Bangle-seller thrashed for allegedly using a fake Hindu name in Indore now in judicial custody in POCSO case. A day before arrest, police brokered a 'compromise' with his attackers.

Cabinet approves continuation of 1,023 fast track special courts till March 2023

Responding to a question during a Cabinet briefing, Union minister Anurag Thakur said that out of 31 states/UTs, 28 have commenced the scheme launched in 2019.

9-yr-old Dalit girl ‘gang-raped’ in Delhi and ‘forcibly cremated’, legs & ashes only evidence

A priest and 3 of his associates are accused of the crime. Girl's family allege police harassed them. Police says investigation is on and all guilty parties will face action.

Two-and-a-half-year-old girl raped in Himachal, accused boy held

Case registered under IPC Section 376 (rape) and POCSO Act following a complaint by the victim's mother. Minor accused to be sent to juvenile home, police said.

Child rights panel accuses Twitter of ‘lying’, violating POCSO Act, files FIR

Twitter has also been embroiled in a controversy with the Indian government over non-compliance of IT Rules, which the social media site has said are against freedom of expression.

Army acquits jawan facing charges for inappropriately touching a minor girl under POCSO

The General Court Martial was convened in Delhi to try the Army person after a Junior Commissioned Officer levelled allegations of sexual assault against him.

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Reliance buys robotics startup Addverb for Rs 1,000 crore to fuel tech ambitions

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, is investing in technology as competition from rivals such as Amazon intensifies in India’s booming e-commerce market.

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Why was number of women cadets for NDA fixed at 19 in 2022, same as 2021, SC asks Centre

UPSC notification issued December 2021 says first phase of NDA exam for 2022 scheduled in April. Notification declares 19 women candidates will be chosen out of 400 successful ones.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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