A compliant has been filed against a 14 year old, under the section 376 of IPC and POCSO Act for raping a 3 year old girl. The incident allegedly took place on April 6th, while the girl was playing outside her house. POCSO, or Protection of Children from Sexual offences, as the name suggests, was formed specifically to protect children under the age of consent from sexual offenses that include rape, assault, molestation, harassment and pornography. The act includes all different kinds of sexual crimes that are committed against children; it suggests penetrative and non-penetrative assault, as well as sexual harassment, are all criminal offenses.
The act has been recognized all across the nation, with the exception of Jammu and Kashmir. Child is anyone below the age of consent, which is defined as 18. The punishment in the act of sexual offense committed against a child depends on the severity of the crime. The crimes are considered aggravated if the accused is mentally ill, or belongs to the military background.
The situation in Pune is shocking because both children are under the age of consent, which makes it hard for the authorities to convict the accused. The severity of the crime should be noted, as well as the situation that led to it.