The 99% Of POCSO Cases Are Scheduled For Trial In 2020 Says A Report

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27 November 2021 Current Affairs:On November 25, 2021, the Praja Foundation released its findings on POSCO cases.

Highlights:
♦ According to the report, despite a drop in crimes against children, 99 per cent of complaints under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offenses Act were still pending by December 2020. (POCSO)
♦ In 2020, girls accounted for 94% of the total 1,197 cases. There were 721 rape cases and 376 sexual assault cases among these.
♦ In 2020, 42% of all rape incidents were committed against minors under the age of 18, compared to 47% in 2018 and 45% in 2019.
♦ The age group of 12 to 18 years had the highest number of rape victims (620 out of 721 in 2020). Offenders were known to be victims in 95 per cent of all rape instances.
♦ According to the POCSO Act, 93% of the 67 instances against boys were unnatural offences. The low proportion of reported male cases compared to overall cases indicates the stigma associated with reporting sexual offences against men.

IPC Cases
♦ According to the data, just 28% of the IPC cases examined in 2020 had a charge sheet filed. It discovers that investigations were incomplete in 58% of cases of crime against women and 56% of cases of crime against children. 
♦ It goes on to say that there was a 20% deficit of police sub-inspectors, which resulted in fewer investigations. 
As of December 2020, 99 per cent of child-abuse cases were still awaiting trial.
 

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