POCSO Gender-Neutral, Payout For Male Survivors Too: Maneka Gandhi
Maneka Gandhi, Minister for women and child development, has affirmed that Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act 2012 is gender neutral. She has written to all states and union territories asking them to ensure that male child survivors of sexual abuse are included in the victim compensation scheme.
Asserts POSCO Act is gender neutral
The minister pointed out that the POCSO Act is meant to safeguard interests of both the girl and boy child. She asked chief ministers to ensure male child survivors are provided compensation to meet medical and rehabilitation relief needs without delay.
Gandhi pointed out data available with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. It states that though 31 state governments have notified the survivor compensation scheme under Rule 7, POCSO Rules, 2012, the distribution of compensation has not been uniform or satisfactory.
The minister directed that compensation, including interim compensation, must be given to the survivor on time. She mentioned some states aren’t providing interim compensation to child survivors to meet their medical and other needs.
Bhawana is an intern with SheThePeople.TV