Ayushmann Khurrana has been roped in to build awareness against child sexual abuse by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) along with the Ministry of Women & Child Development for the latter’s key initiative, the POCSO (The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act, 2012.
The aims to make people aware of the protection and legal support that the POCSO Act offers against child sexual abuse. According to sources, “Ayushmann has shot a video on the topic, requesting people to be more vigilant about such cruel offences happening around us and immediately raise voice against such disgraceful crime by reporting it to the concerned authorities.”
Regarding the new campaign, Khurrana said, “As a socially-conscious citizen, I want to spread the word on matters that need urgent attention. POCSO (The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act is a hugely important step taken by the ministry to make people aware of the protection and legal support that the act offers against child sexual abuse.’
The actor also added, “Crimes against children are the most heinous. I applaud the government and UNICEF’s stand on protecting the future generations of our country.” Earlier this year, the actor was praised for his socially-relevant film, Article 15, which revolves around the caste system in India and it was also shortlisted for India’s nomination to the Oscars next year.
About POSCO Act
The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 was enacted to provide a robust legal framework for the protection of children from offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography, while safeguarding the interest of the child at every stage of the judicial process. The framing of the Act seeks to put children first by making it easy to use by including mechanisms for child-friendly reporting, recording of evidence, investigation and speedy trial of offences through designated Special Courts.
Source: Hindustan TimesPosted in National, News