The Government proposes to enact a special law for protection of children from sexual offences, the Minister of Women & Child Development Smt. Krishna Tirath said this in Lok Sabha today in written reply to a question. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on 23rd March, 2011.
The Minister further stated that for the first time, a special law has been proposed to address the issue of sexual offences against children. The Bill defines offences, namely, penetrative sexual assault, aggravated penetrative sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, sexual harassment and use of child for pornography. For speedy trial, the State Governments have been mandated to designate a Court of Session in each district, to be a Special Court to try offences under the Bill. It is expected that enactment of this Bill will contribute to the safety and security of children and the stringent punishment proposed under the Bill will act as a deterrent for offenders.
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