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Mon, 26 Aug 2019

Northeast Today

Meghalaya Facing Constraints in Enforcing POSCO

Meghalaya Facing Constraints in Enforcing POSCO
April 27
12:58 2019

NET Bureau

There are certain constraints in enforcing the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act in the State as far as consensual sex amongst teenagers leading to parenthood is concerned. If not a phenomenon, this trend is still accepted by the officials who are in the know of things, especially in the rural areas of the Meghalaya.

A 17-year-old girl getting impregnated by a boy above her age is considered to be a violation under the POSCO Act and the said man should be booked under the stringent act. But this trend through consensual love or marriage is nothing new for the village folks, stated an official while describing on what the constraints are.

“Yes, if the delivery of a child from an underage girl is reported from any government hospital, we acted and booked him or his own beloved one under POSCO. Our intervention ends there”, stated the official. Multiple cases have been reported (leaving aside cases rape and molestation), the official said. There are cases where the police have to act on the basis of the law, stated the official, while adding that there should be more of a sensitization programme in the rural areas.

In East Khasi Hills district, the police were compelled to register cases against the husband – either under age or above age – in view of the existing provisions. Statistics could not be exact because most of the pregnant women delivers at home, stated another source.

However, the cases of underage mothers is still a worrisome aspect that needs to be looked into.

 

Source: The Sentinel

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