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POCSO Act Will Apply Even After Victim Has Attained Majority If the Sexual Offence Committed During Her Minority: AP High Court [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 18 May 2020 5:06pm

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court has on May 07, 2020, ruled that if the victim of sexual harassment was a minor when the alleged acts of crime were committed, then the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 would apply, even in the case the complaint is lodged after the victim has become a major. A single Judge Bench comprising Justice Cheekati Manavendranath Roy has passed this significant judgment pertaining to sexual offenses committed against minors. 

Background of the case: 

A victim girl who had just enrolled in the University had ended her life by committing suicide on account of the alleged sexual assault and sexual harassment to which she was subjected by the accused. 

There were three accused in the case, all studying with her in the same university. They were her seniors. The victim girl was continuously subjected to severe mental agony and emotional turmoil on account of the indecent behavior of the accused 1 to 3 and the sexual harassment caused to her by accused 1 to 3. 

When her father informed the Principal of the indecent behavior of the accused 1 to 3 and also about their acts of ragging, he paid a deaf ear and did not take any action in this regard. He impliedly supported accused 1 to 3. Unable to bear their torture, misbehavior, ill-treatment, sexual harassment caused to her and their acts of ragging, the victim girl ultimately committed suicide by hanging in her hostel room. To this, the Police filed charges punishable under… Continue Reading...


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