Delhi High Court On POCSO Act: The Delhi High Court has made an important comment about the ‘POCSO Act’. The Delhi High Court observed that the purpose of the POCSO Act is to protect children from sexual exploitation and not to criminalize consensual relationships between young adults. However, the court also said that it is also very important to take into account the facts and circumstances of each case as in many cases the aggrieved party may be pressured to compromise.
The court has granted bail to the accused youth
Actually, the Delhi High Court has made this comment while granting bail to the minor arrested under the POCSO Act. The arrested youth was accused of forcibly having physical relations with a 17-year-old girl on the pretense of marriage. The court, while granting bail to the arrested youth in this case, said that the girl was not forced to have a relationship with the boy in this case. Referring to the girl’s statement, the court said that there was a romantic relationship between the two and that both had consensual sex.
The court while delivering its verdict said that the purpose of the POCSO Act was to protect children below the age of 18 from sexual exploitation. It was never intended to criminalize consensual romantic relationships between minor adults. However, each case has to be considered on the basis of facts and circumstances, the Delhi High Court added in its observations. There may be many cases in which a victim of sexual harassment may be forced to compromise due to pressure.
What is the whole matter?
The family married the girl on 30 June 2021 at the age of 17. The girl was not happy with her marriage and did not want to live with her husband. So the girl ran away from home and got married to the accused youth. The girl and the accused youth were married on 28 October 2021.
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