Terming the rise in crimes against children across the national capital as disturbing, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has now decided to familiarise the city police with the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
The act provides protection to all children from sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography. It also has stringent punishments, depending on the gravity of the offence. “ In many cases, the Delhi Police do not conduct investigations in line with the requirements laid down by the POCSO Act, as they are not familiar with it," a Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) member said.
The commission is conducting regular workshops with the Delhi Police and NGOs to familiarise them with this new act, which clearly mentions that punishments for sex crimes range from simple to rigorous imprisonment of varying periods.