Hyderabad: A 35-year-old married man was arrested for sexually assaulting a girl on 21 January in Banjara Hills. He was booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act.

According to the police, the man kidnapped the girl and abused her sexually. Based on a complaint from the victim's family, the police tracked down both the accused and the victim. This is one of the cases that were booked this year under the POCSO Act 2012.

The Hyderabad police have registered 178 cases under POCSO Act in the first six months of 2021.

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 is a comprehensive law to protect children from sexual assault, sexual harassment, and pornography while safeguarding the interests of the child at every stage of the judicial process by incorporating child-friendly mechanisms for reporting, recording of evidence, investigation, and speedy trial of offences through designated special courts.

Around 106 cases have been booked for abuse of children above 15 years, 56 cases for abuse of children between the age group of 11 and 15, 15 cases for abuse of children aged below 10 years, and one case of abuse against male children.

In 2020, around 284 cases were booked. It is pertinent to note that that year there was a lockdown for several months.

A yearly comparison shows that in 2016, around 105 cases were booked while in 2017 around 182 cases were booked. The figures were 305 in 2018 and 345 in 2019.

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