Anushka Sharma welcomes POCSO amendment bill

Anushka Sharma, who is one of the most active celebs on microblogging site Twitter, shared her take on POCSO Amendment Bill. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha recently and it entails amendments to the POCSO Act by including the death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children and the bill also includes rigorous punishments for other crimes against minors.

The actress tweeted, “The POCSO Amendment Bill was an absolutely necessary step in the right direction. Putting children’s safety in the absolute forefront should not be an option but a priority.”

This is not the first time Anushka has spoken about the issue of safety of minors. Earlier this month, she tweeted to condemn the barbaric gang-rape and beheading of a 3-year-old girl in Jamshedpur.

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She wrote, “A 3-year-old girl who was sleeping beside her mother at a railway station was kidnapped, gang-raped and beheaded in Jamshedpur. This is so inhuman and vile, it is literally making me shake in anger. Absolutely horrifying,”.

And then added in another tweet, “I hope and wish and urge justice is brought upon this atrocity at the earliest . And punishment so severe that anyone else shudders to commit such a heinous, demonic crime! ”

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha by the Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani and it was passed. Then the Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha and it was approved by the house.

The amendment Bill has included a number of provisions to safeguard children from offences of sexual assault and sexual harassment and has introduced the provision of a death penalty for whoever commits aggravated penetrative sexual assault, and in certain cases prescribes jail with a minimum of a 20-year sentence.

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