Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019

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Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Rajya Sabha by the Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani on July 18, 2019. The Bill amends the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The Act seeks to protect children from offenses such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, and pornography. Under the Act, a person commits “penetrative sexual assault” if he:

(i) penetrates his penis into the vagina, mouth, urethra, or anus of a child, or

(ii) makes a child do the same, or

(iii) inserts any other object into the child’s body, or

(iv) applies his mouth to a child’s body parts. The punishment for such an offense was imprisonment between seven years to life, and a fine. The Bill increases the minimum punishment from seven years to ten years. It further adds that if a person commits penetrative sexual assault on a child below the age of 16 years, he will be punishable with imprisonment
between 20 years to life, with a fine.