Kerala tops list of cases under POSCO Act with 145 sexual assaults against children
NEW DELHI: A total 400 cases of sexual assault against
children were reported across the country with Kerala registering 145, highest
number of cases till March this year.
Kerala is followed by Andhra Pradesh which recorded
110 cases and Maharashtra registered 95 cases under the Protection of children
from sexual offences (POSCO) Act 2012 till March, Parliament was informed on Thursday.
Tamil Nadu recorded 30 cases in March alone while
Delhi recorded 16 such cases till February this year. In 2013, total 12,363
cases were registered across India under POSCO Act with highest number of cases
being reported in Madhya Pradesh (2112) followed by Maharashtra (1546), Uttar
Pradesh (1381), Rajasthan (892) and Delhi (757).
Total 2061 persons were convicted in 1611 cases and
the conviction rate was 31.5 per cent. In 2012, a total 8541 cases were
registered across the country and 1447 persons were convicted in 1158 cases
recording a conviction rate of 28.2 per cent, the Women and Child Development
Ministry said Thursday.