POCSO Act not meant to criminalise consensual romantic relationships between adolescents: Allahabad High Court

"POCSO was formulated to protect children under the age of 18 years from sexual exploitation. Nowadays more often than not it has become a tool for their exploitation, " the Court added.
Allahabad High Court, POCSO Act 2012
Allahabad High Court, POCSO Act 2012

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) was never meant to treat consensual romantic connections between teenagers as criminal offences, the Allahabad High Court recently observed [Mrigraj Gautam v State].

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