Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
4) Discuss the recent amendments made to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and analyse why and how the effective operation of the POCSO Act needs the support of all the stake holders.(250 words)
Why this question:
The question aims to evaluate the effects of recent changes brought in the POCSO bill 2019 and the effects it has on rights of children.
Key demand of the question:
One must discuss in detail the recent key amendments in the POCSO act.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Discuss the importance of POCSO in general with respect to protection of child rights.
Explain the key changes brought in recently in the POCSO act like The POCSO (Amendment) Bill will make punishment more stringent for committing sexual crimes against children including the death penalty.
The amendments also provide for levy of fines and imprisonment to curb child pornography. The amendment is aimed to establish clarity regarding the aspects of child abuse and punishment.
Explain that the modification is made to address the need for stringent measures required to deter the rising trend of child sex abuse in the country on one hand and to address the menace of relatively new kind of crimes on the other hand.
Conclude with appreciation of the amendments.