Parliament passed the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Bill, 2012

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On 22nd May 2012, the Parliament passed the bill to protect children below 18 from sexual abuse. The bill envisages setting up of special courts for speedy trial of cases against children and provides stringent punishment extending up to life term for offenders.

Under the Bill, all persons below 18 years would be treated as children. The bill also contains provisions for in-camera trial of offences. Provision has also been made to deal with offences of false complaints.

As per the Bill, "whoever commits penetrative sexual assault on children shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than seven years but which may extend to imprisonment for life and shall also be liable."

It said "whoever uses a child for pornographic purposes shall be liable for rigorous imprisonment which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine and in the event of second or subsequent conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years and also with fine".

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