Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act (POSCO)
Just as every cloud has a silver lining, in the year 2012, the Parliament of India passed the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) for the victims of child sexual abuse below 18 years of age – the best part of this Act is its gender neutrality. The consent of the child doesn’t matter in this act.
Secondly, section 19(1) mandates the reporting and recording of the sexual offence performed against a child. It becomes compulsory to report the abuse.
Thirdly, Section 3 of the POSCO Act proposes, “A person is said to commit “penetrative sexual assault” if (a) “he penetrates his penis, to any extent, into the vagina, mouth, urethra, or anus of a child or makes the child to do so with him or any other person”; Since the words “any other person” are used in Section 3(a), women may also be offenders or victims under the second part of Section 3(a)”.
Fourthly, it offers protection to the children during the entire judicial process.
Besides, Section 67-B of the Information Technology Act deals with the child pornography and includes punishment to anyone who publishes or transmits sexually explicit content through any form of electronic or digital media.