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Since inception, people approached NCPCR's POCSO e-box 3,400 times

Since inception, people approached NCPCRs POCSO e-box 3,400 times

New Delhi: Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) e-box of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has been approached by citizens more than 3,400 times since its inception. The child rights body found that more than 130 complaints came so far in the box related to abuse. The NCPCR data accessed by Millennium Post claimed that till January 25, as many as 3,469 hits were reported in the e-box.

"In 2016-17, 281 hits (approach) were reported whereas in 2017 the hits increased to 3292," added the data. From 2018-19, people contacted the POSCO e-box 3293-3469 times.

In the year 2016, the child rights body launched a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) e-box for easy and confidential registration of complaints regarding sexual offence against children. It was launched by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi. Yashwant Jain, NCPCR member, told Millennium Post that they have seen awareness among people about e-box. "People are contacting us for query regarding different cases related to children. e-box reach is increasing with time," said Jain.

Talking about types of complaints, NCPCR official stated that in some cases the person who approached the commission through e-box asked queries related to the filing of FIR, police negligence or to check the response of e-Box.

After filtering more than 3000 hits, as many as 130 POCSO cases were filed in which 72 cases were disposed of and 58 were open. One such complaint which came from the father of a minor girl from Hissar, Haryana revealed that his daughter, studying at a residential school in Haryana, was sexually abused by the two female cooks employed in the school hostel for the last two months. After intervention by the NCPCR team, an FIR was lodged by the police on September 3, 2016.

The POSCO e-box is a direct medium to report any case of sexual assault under the POCSO Act, 2012. It is displayed prominently on the home page of NCPCR website, where a user can simply click on POSCO e-box.

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