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Skin-to-skin sentence: NCPCR seeks appeal | India News

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NEW DELHI: The National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (NCPCR) urged the Maharashtra government on Monday to file an appeal against a decision by the Bombay High Court that an act cannot be classified as sexual assault if there is no “skin to skin” contact.
In his letter to Maharashtra’s chief secretary, NCPCR chief Priyan Kanoongo said that the words “skin-to-skin with sexual intent without penetration” in the sentence should be revised and that the state should take note of this as that the minor victim seems derogatory.
In the January 19 ruling, the Bombay High Court said that touching a minor’s chest without “skin-to-skin contact” cannot be considered sexual assault as defined in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) . The court amended a session court order that had sentenced a 39-year-old man to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. “As the Commission is the supervisory body under Section 44 of the POCSO Act, 2012, it requests you to take the necessary measures on the matter,” said Kanoongo.
The head of the NCPCR also said that it appeared that the identity of the victim had been revealed and the Commission believes that the State should take note of this and initiate the necessary steps.

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