Thursday, 2 February, 2023
TopicPOCSO Act

Topic: POCSO Act

India’s first ‘love jihad’ conviction—a volatile mix of POCSO, kidnapping, abuse, conversion

The Amroha district court said that criminals like Mohammad Afzal 'make it difficult for women and girls to come out on the street.'

‘POCSO overrides personal laws’ — Karnataka HC holds pregnant Muslim minor’s marriage invalid  

In his bail application, the petitioner cited Islamic law to defend his marriage to his now-pregnant minor ‘wife’.  POCSO is a special law, said the court, rejecting the argument. 

‘POCSO a secular law, applies to all’: How NCPCR opposed marriage of 16-yr-old Muslim girl in SC

Couple had married against wishes of families & sought police cover. Request was granted as she is of marriageable age under Muslim Personal Law, Punjab & Haryana HC had said.

‘Raped two minors, aides stood guard’: New allegations, FIR against jailed Lingayat swami

Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru has been accused by an employee of Murugha Mutt in Karnataka of raping her two minor daughters. He is currently in jail in another sex abuse case.

Marital rape victims are included in abortion law’s exception for rape survivors, says SC

Women alleging rape by husbands can get abortions beyond 20 weeks, SC clarifies. It also adds 'unmarried or single' women to list of those eligible for abortion between 20 & 24 weeks

FIR to get an abortion, reporting teens dating — why courts find POCSO’s section 19 problematic

From time to time, courts have highlighted how it's difficult to apply the act in cases when teenagers are involved. Consensual relationships & local customs are also grey areas.

‘Revolutionary reformer’ to rape accused — the scandalous story of Karnataka’s top Lingayat swami

Lingayat spiritual leader Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, head of the wealthy and politically influential Murugha Mutt, has been accused of raping 2 teenage girls for over 3 years.

Why did MP govt not appeal HC’s ‘illegal’ discharge of POCSO accused? SC slams ‘disturbing’ move

Court hearing appeal filed by father of a girl who died by suicide in April 2020 after giving birth to a child. Family claims she developed physical relations with baby's father as a minor.

Arrested for ‘child sexual assault’, convicted for child porn: Behind IAS officer’s IT Act case

In 2015, Maharashtra IAS officer Maruti Hari Sawant was arrested for alleged sexual exploitation of 4 minor girls, but court said last week the charges didn’t hold as ‘victims turned hostile’.

Kerala HC grants actor Sreejith Ravi bail in POCSO case

Bail was granted based on the argument that Ravi was being treated for a behavioural disorder for six years. The actor was arrested for behaving indecently with two minors on 4 July.

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File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...

Defence

The Defence Services Staff College in Wellington | Image credit: dssc.gov.in

In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.