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  1. The ACT
  2. Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Pornography
  3. Gender neutral Defines a child as any person below eighteen years of age It defines different forms of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and pornography Regards the best interests and well-being of the child of paramount importance Prescribes stringent punishment as per the gravity of the offence Recognizes that the Intent to commit an offence, even when unsuccessful, needs to be penalized.
  4. • Witness • Victim • Anyone Who can Report? • Special Juvenile Police Unit • the local police Where to Report? • Report is ascribed an entry number and recorded in writing • Is entered in a book to be kept by the Police Unit • Is read over to the informant What to see? • Six months imprisonment or fine or both Failure/false complaint
  5. Sexual Assault 3-5 Years 5-7 years 7 years /life 10 years/life Sexual Harassment 3 Years Pornography 5-7 Years
  6. Things What you must Know?  No child to be detained in the police station in the night.  Police officer should not be in uniform.  Recording the statement of the child at the residence of the child or at the place of his choice.  Medical examination of the child to be conducted in the presence of the parent of the child or any other person in whom the child has trust or confidence.  In case the victim is a girl child, the medical examination shall be conducted by a woman doctor.  Evidence has to be recorded within 30 days.  Frequent breaks for the child during trial.  Child not to be called repeatedly to testify.  No aggressive questioning.  In-camera trial of cases
  7. School Initiatives • POCSO circular 2015 by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE): • The teachers, management and all the employees are bound to report any instance of child abuse. • In-house induction sessions • School in should promote harmonious environment and inclusiveness. • In Residential Schools training programs should be provided to the wardens and personal care and guidance to the girl children with a female matron for their dormitories.
  8. • School Complaints Committee must be set up to serve as complaints and Redressal body. • Informal conversations