Centre claims better enforcement as Pocso cases rise 19% in 2019

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NEW DELHI: While

crimes

against children registered a 4.5% increase last year compared to 2018, there was a 18.9% rise in cases filed under the Protection of Children from

Sexual Offences Act

(Pocso) over this period.
Stating that cases filed under Pocso Act have steadily grown over the years, a government official said this indicates better enforcement of the amendments in Pocso Act by addition of certain grounds for the cases to be registered under the Act.
Of the 1.48 lakh crimes against children reported in 2019, 46.6% were related to kidnapping and abduction, 31.9% to Pocso Act, 3.3% dealt with rape and 2.9% were cases of assault against women with intent to outrage modesty. Cases dealing with heinous crimes like murder declined by 5.9% compared to 2018.

Maharashtra

accounted for 13.2% of the total crimes against children reported in 2019, followed by

Uttar Pradesh

and

Madhya Pradesh

whose share was 12.8% each.
Delhi had the second highest rate of crime against children (cases per lakh population) at 139. According to NCRB report on ‘Crime in India — 2019’, the 18.9% rise in 2018 in cases registered under Pocso Act, last amended in mid-2019 to provide for death row penalty for aggravated sexual assault and add tougher provisions against

child pornography

, was however less than the 22% increase in 2018 over 2017.

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