The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 is India's fundamental law in dealing with children in need of care and protection. It caters to their needs through care, protection, development, treatment, social reintegration, through its child-friendly approach by addressing matters in the best interest of children. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012 is again a shield to protect the sexual violence against children. POCSO Act is very stringent which qualifies penetrative sexual assault on a child below the age of 12 as aggravated penetrative sexual assault, a crime punishable with a fine and a minimum term of rigorous imprisonment for 10 years, which can be extended to life imprisonment. Moreover, The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 has also introduced of several new sexual offences under the Indian Penal Act, such as Section 376(2)(i), IPC, which punishes rape of a female under 16 years is considered an aggravated form of rape punishable with a fine and a minimum term of rigorous imprisonment for 10 years, which can be extended to life imprisonment, to punish the offenders seriously.
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