The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 came into force with effect from 14th November, 2012.
Reporting of Offence
One of the most important provisions under this law is that any person who has apprehension that an offence under this law is likely to be committed or has knowledge that such an offence has been committed, must report it to appropriate authorities. It also states that any personnel of media, hotel, lodge, hospital, club, studio or photographic facilities, must report to authorities if they come across any material or object which is sexually exploitative of children. Failure to report under this law also leads to punishment with imprisonment and fine.