The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has received 354 complaints through POCSO e-Box during the last three year, i.e., 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and the current year 2020-21 (till 31st January, 2021).
The State/UT-wise details is at Annexure-I. As an outcome of regular follow-up, out of these 354 complaints, 140 complaints have been addressed conclusively.
The Government of India has implemented the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 which is a comprehensive law that provides protection to children from the offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography. The POCSO Act has been amended in 2019 in order to make it more effective in dealing with cases of child sex abuse in the country.
It addresses the need for stringent measures to deter the rising trend of child sex abuse in the country on one hand and the menace of relatively new kind of crimes on the other hand.
Section 44 (1) of POCSO Act, 2012 provides that National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) shall monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Act.
This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.