NCPCR Holds Regional Consultative Meeting on POCSO

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NCPCR Holds Regional Consultative Meeting on POCSO

  • Over 500 Participants Deliberate On Factors, Hindering Implementation & Aspects Of Assistance To Victims.


  • Representatives from:
    • NLSA,

    • SVPNPA,

    • NFSU and

    • BPR&D

  • More than 500 participants across Northern India:
    • Learned Judges of the District Courts,
    • Advocates of DLSAs,
    • Forensic Experts,
    • Police officers from the States of Punjab, Haryana, HP, Rajasthan, UP, UK and UTs of Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh,
    • SCPCRs.

POCSO Act, 2012

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  • A child is defined by the Act as anyone under the age of 18.
  • It distinguishes between several types of sexual assault, such as penetrative and non-penetrative attack, sexual harassment, and pornography.
  • In certain cases, such as when the abused child is mentally ill or when the abuse is performed by someone in a position of trust or authority, such as a family member, police officer, teacher, or doctor, it is considered "aggravated."

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)

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  • It monitors the status of implementation of the POCSO Act by:
    • Setting up of Special Courts,
    • Appointment of Special Public Prosecutors,
    • Formulation of Guidelines by all States/UTs for the stakeholders for the implementation of the POCSO Act, 2012,
    • Designation and Implementation of module for training of police etc,
    • Steps taken by State Govt. for spreading awareness on the POCSO Act,
    • Collect information and data on its own or from relevant agencies regarding reported cases of sexual abuse and their disposal under the processes provided under the Act.

POCSO Rules, 2020

  • It mandates the Central and State Government to provide periodic training including orientation programmes, sensitization workshops and refresher courses to all persons.
  • To sensitize them about child safety and protection and educate them regarding their responsibility under the Act.
  • As of May 2021: 640 Fast Track Special Courts, including 338 exclusive POCSO Courts have become functional in 26 States/UTs.

Exam Track

Prelims Takeaway

  • POCSO Act, 2012
  • POCSO Rules, 2020
  • National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)

Mains Takeaway

Q. Even though the POCSO rules are getting stricter by time but the cases of child abuse and rapes are not coming down, Analyse.