Slapping or Removing a Student From Class Does Not Constitute “Sexual Assault” Under POCSO Act: Gujarat HC

Justice Niral Mehta’s bench in Gujarat High Court recently quashed proceedings under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO Act) against a school teacher, a principal, and others, ruling that mere harsh treatment, such as slapping or removing a child from class, does not constitute’sexual assault’ under the POCSO Act. The Court ruled

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