Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011 tabled in the Rajya Sabha
India will soon have a comprehensive law to deal with sexual offences against children. It will provide for stringent punishment of up to 10 years' jail term, which may even be extended to life imprisonment if warranted. Union minister of women and child development Krishna Tirath introduced the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, 2011, in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. "Sexual offences against children are not adequately addressed by the extant laws. A large number of such offences are neither specifically provided for nor are they adequately penalized," said the statement of objects of the bill. Defining what constitutes such offences, the proposed law aims at protecting children against penetrative sexual assault, sexual harassment, pornography and also provide for establishment of special courts for speedy trial.