Films to train judges on protection of sexually abused children

The official added that it is important that people are aware of the provisions of POSCO and legal safeguards

Published: 11th September 2016 09:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th September 2016 09:11 AM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI:The Ministry of Law and Justice will show films to judges to train and educate them about the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act and to spread awareness about it among the people.

The ministry has sought proposals from filmmakers for making two short films on the POSCO Act 2012. A ground breaking law, POSCO for the first time addresses child sexual abuse specifically and sensitively. It defines a child as any person below 18 years of age.

“The POSCO Act outlines many procedural safeguards designed to enable a less traumatic experience for a child victim without compromising on the quality of the investigative process. But how often are these applied and why do they fail? For the Act to translate into better justice, there is a need for special training for police officials who are allocated such cases and regular sensitisation for judicial officers who are trying such cases in courts, and special prosecutors who appear in such cases,” said an official associated with the project.

The official added that it is important that people are aware of the provisions of POSCO and legal safeguards provided therein so that such crimes can be prevented and reported in a timely manner.

The duration of one film will be 15-17 minutes and the second one will be on awareness, lasting 5-7 minutes. They will be made in four months.

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