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Parliament passes POCSO Bill providing death penalty for child abuse

While Rajya Sabha had already passed the bill, it was cleared by Lok Sabha on Thursday by a voice vote

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A bill seeking to provide death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children and greater punishments for other crimes against minors was approved by Parliament, after it was passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Piloting the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said it aims at making offences against children gender neutral.

The Bill, which was already passed by the Rajya Sabha on July 29, defines child pornography, making it punishable.

Cutting across party lines, members supported amendments to Act though some demanded that Bill be referred to the standing committee or