Women and Child Development Ministry to move proposal to amend POCSO Act

• The Women and Child Development Ministry is set to move a proposal before the Cabinet this week for enhanced punishment in cases of sexual assault of male children.

• The Law Ministry has cleared the proposal to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, for enhancing punishment in cases of sexual assault against young boys.

• The Ministry was working on the proposal to amend the Act to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children below 12 years.

• The move is being seen as an effort to bring in a gender-neutral law while dealing with cases of sexual assaults of children.

• Earlier, WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi had supported a petition on Change.org by filmmaker-activist Insia Dariwala.

• Boys who are sexually abused as children spend a lifetime in silence because of the stigma and shame attached to male survivors speaking out.

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