What is the poxo act?
According to prevention of sexual viciousness on children (Poxo) act 2012:
1. An offender who commits sexual harassment, degree of punishment varies from 10 month sentence to lifetime imprisonment and fine.
2. Sexual abuse column No-11:-Whoever, the person who asks the child to touch his private parts or make the children to touch the body parts, will be treated as sexual abuse and punishment will range from 3 to 5 years in jail and penalty.
3. Sexual harassment-column 11 & 15:-In the intention of sex, if child is attracted through sound, indecent behavior, if the body is exposed, if child is being followed, if tried to contact the child directly or indirectly, if, the child is being threatened, those are considered a sexual offences. The punishment for those offenders will be three years in jail and fine
4. Using children for obscene, vulgar pictures-column No 13&15: Any person who uses children for blue film production, printing and published through website, will be considered as offence. For the production of obscene picture, if anybody involves in sexual act directly ,that will be treated as squeeze offence, for that related punishment will be awarded and those who collects equipments for the production of vulgar pictures will also awarded punishment under this act.
Those who are on ownership of these offences or children’s guardians commit this act or any family members doing this act are liable for higher degree of punishments. Those who encourage, support and help, all will become offenders. After knowing the offence, those who have not reported will be treated as guilt. These people have to undergo 50% of the total punishment awarded to the people who have committed the crime directly.
For the prevention of Sexual viciousness on children, sexual torture, and obscene picture exhibition’Poxo act’ has been implemented. Special courts have been formed for the inquiry of these incidents.