POCSO Act not intended to penalise teenagers in "dense romantic affair": Allahabad High Court

Single-judge Justice Rahul Chaturvedi granted bail to one Atul Mishra who had eloped with a 14-year-old girl and gotten married at a temple.
Allahabad High Court , Couple
Allahabad High Court , Couple

The scheme of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) did not intend to bring within its scope, cases where adolescents or teenagers are involved "in dense romantic affair", the Allahabad High Court observed while granting bail to a man who married a 14-year-old minor girl [Atul Mishra v. State of Uttar Pradesh].

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