POCSO Act: Bombay High Court says criminalization of romantic relations has burdened courts; reverses conviction for sex with 17-year-old

The Court observed that when it is clear that the act was consensual, it would not be right for the court to convict a man merely because the girl had not attained the age of maturity prescribed under the law.
Bombay High Court, POCSO Act
Bombay High Court, POCSO Act

The Bombay High Court recently held that the age of consent for sex under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) should be re-examined since a large number of cases coming before courts involve minor girls below 18 years who have had consensual sex in romantic relationships. [XYZ v. State of Maharashtra & Anr]

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