Redefine "child", exclude consensual sex after the age of 16 from POCSO, Madras HC

Meera Emmanuel April 27 2019

The Madras High Court on Friday suggested that consensual sex, bodily contact or allied acts after the age of 16 be excluded from the ambit of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). To this end, Justice V Parthiban recommended that the definition of "child" under Section 2(d) of POCSO be amended and reduced to 16 instead of 18 years of age.

The Court made the suggestion on the premise that adolescents above the age of 16 years are capable of giving consent for sexual . . .

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