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Sunday, 21 April 2024 11.25 AM IST

POCSO cases doubled in eight years, T'puram records highest number of cases

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THRISSUR: In Kerala, child sexual exploitation (POCSO) cases have more than doubled in eight years. In 2016, 2,131 cases were registered in the state. In 2023, it was 4,641. The sharp increase is from 2018 and has surged significantly in two years. The culprits are teachers, drivers of school vehicles, family members who pamper and care for children, domestic workers etc.

Among the exploiters are women. In 2022, a student committed suicide after being sexually exploited by a teacher in Thrissur. Exploitation is often done through intimidation and enticement. Educating children at home and in schools about unwanted touching is the way to go. They should be taught to speak openly.

Bad word is also a crime

Under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses) Act, 2012, the punishment is imprisonment from three years to life and a fine. Bad words, voice, gesture etc. are also offences. The punishment depends on the position of the offender, the nature of the offense and the age of the child. Consensual sex is punishable if there is a minor involved.

Awareness is essential

1. Educate children.
2. Teach about the law.
3. Authorities work together.

POCSO cases

2016..... 2131
2017..... 2017
2018..... 3117
2019..... 3634
2020..... 3042
2021..... 3516
2022..... 4518
2023..... 4641

Most cases (2023)

Thiruvananthapuram..... 601
Malappuram..... 507
Ernakulam..... 484

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