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Maha, UP, MP recorded the majority of Pocso cases in 2017-19: NCRB | India News

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MUMBAI: Maharashtra is the state where the maximum number of cases was recorded under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offenses Act (Pocso) in the country during 2017-2019.
Of this number, 8,503, in almost 50% of the cases, minors were lured online to meet people who then subjected them to sexual abuse or engaged in sexual relations with the promise of marriage. By law, maintaining a physical relationship with someone under the age of consent is a violation of minors.
In the list of states, Maharashtra is followed by UP with 6,978 cases, MP (5,348), Karnataka (4,339) and Gujarat (4,228). The three-year data was released by the National Criminal Records Office (NCRB), with 2019 being the last year for which NCRB statistics are available.
In Maharashtra, cases of child abuse were found to have been on the rise, from 2,398 cases in 2017 to 2,944 in 2018 to 3,161 in 2019. The report has been ranked on the relationship of the offender to the victim. While the worst perpetrators are “online friends,” the report showed that minors are at risk even at home or in the neighborhood because of their friends and family. The most vulnerable minors are between 16 and 18 years old, followed by those between 12 and 16 years old, between 6 and 12 years old and then even those under six years of age.

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