Tuesday, 9 August, 2022
TopicPOCSO Act

Topic: POCSO Act

Kerala HC grants actor Sreejith Ravi bail in POCSO case

Bail was granted based on the argument that Ravi was being treated for a behavioural disorder for six years. The actor was arrested for behaving indecently with two minors on 4 July.

Raped, bitten & beaten up — Bus conductor ‘with a record’ held for assault on Rajasthan 4-yr-old

Child was allegedly lured away with sweets. Accused, identified as Ajeet Jogi, 34, a resident of the same area where the victim lives, was arrested Sunday evening.

‘Victim blaming’: Mamata slammed for ‘rape or love affair’ comment on minor’s killing in Nadia

Class 9 student, who died following alleged gangrape, is said to have been assaulted by son of local TMC leader and his friends. 2 people have been arrested so far.

Majority of Indian schools don’t have means to prevent, combat child sexual abuse, survey finds

As part of OutLawed India’s initiative, we tracked the sexual abuse frameworks in schools across 200 Indian cities to measure the gap between the law and reality.

How courts are ‘creatively interpreting’ grey zone between minors & consent in POCSO cases

Last year, both the Bombay and Madras High Court noted there were issues with the POCSO Act and its harming teenagers in consensual relationships.

Bombay HC Judge who gave ‘skin-to-skin’ POCSO verdict resigns after being denied promotion

Justice Pushpa Ganediwala tendered her resignation just a day before her tenure as additional judge was set to expire on 12 February.

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.

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Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
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‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.

Defence

First batch of women cadets to join NDA

First batch of 19 women cadets join NDA, set to begin training this week

The cadets will train for three years at NDA, Khadakwasla for the 148th course. The Supreme Court last year paved the way for women to take the NDA test for the first time.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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