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POCSO Act Not Aim To Criminalize Consensual Romantic Relationships Between Underage Adults Remarks Delhi High Court | Court News: ‘Poxo Act not intended to criminalize consensual romantic relationships between minors’

Delhi High Court On POSCO Act: The Delhi High Court...

Delhi High Court On POSCO Act: The Delhi High Court has made an important comment regarding the ‘Poxo Act’. The Delhi High Court remarked that the purpose of the POSCO 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 keep in mind the basis of facts and circumstances related to each case, because in many cases pressure can also be made on the victim to compromise.

The court granted bail to the accused youth

In fact, the Delhi High Court has made this comment while granting bail to a juvenile arrested under the POCSO Act. The arrested teenager was accused of forcibly having sex with a 17-year-old girl after marrying her. While granting bail to the teenager arrested in this case, the court said that in this case the girl was not forced to have a relationship with the boy. Citing the statement of the girl, the court said that there was a romantic relationship between the two and both had consensual sex.

While giving its verdict, the court said that the purpose of the Poxo Act was to protect children below the age of 18 from sexual exploitation. It was never intended to criminalize consensual romantic relationships between underage adults. The Delhi High Court further said in its remarks, however, that each case should be considered on the basis of facts and circumstances. There can be many such cases in which the victim of sexual abuse may be forced to compromise due to some pressure.

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What is the whole matter?

The family members got the girl married on 30 June 2021 at the age of 17 years. The girl was not happy with her marriage and did not want to live with her husband. That’s why the girl ran away from home and got married with the accused youth. The girl and the accused youth got married on 28 October 2021.

After this, the family members of the girl filed a case against the accused youth. Police registered a case and arrested the accused youth under the POCSO Act. The court directed the accused to be released on bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 10,000 and a surety of like amount.

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