A) Offences against those upto 14 years of age come under purview of the Bill
B) The Bill is gender neutral
C) Life-term is the maximum punishment for offences covered under the Bill
D) The Bill puts the burden of proof on the accuser
Correct Answer: A
Solution :[a] The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, which was passed by Parliament in May 2012, came into force on November 14, 2012. Under the Act, a child is defined as any person below the age of 18 and makes it gender-neutral. More importantly, it provides precise definitions for different forms of sexual abuse, including penetrative and non- penetrative sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography. The Act provides for stringent punishment, graded as per the gravity of the offence, with a maximum term of rigorous imprisonment for life for certain offences. The Act provides for mandatory reporting of sexual "offences. It also prescribes, punishment for a person if he provides false information with the intention to defame any person, including a child. Most importantly, the Act provides for child friendly procedures for reporting of offences, recording of evidence, investigation and trial. Also under Section 45 of the Act, the power to make rules rests with the Central government
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