Groping without CONSENT is SEXUAL ASSAULT. POCSO Acts need to be changed

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"Groping a minor's breast without "skin to skin contact" cannot be termed as sexual assault as defined under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the Bombay High Court has said. "

"The act of pressing of breast of the child aged 12 years, in the absence of any specific detail as to whether the top was removed or whether he inserted his hand inside the top and pressed her breast, would not fall in the definition of sexual assault," it said.

Justice Ganediwala further said in her verdict that "the act of pressing breast can be a criminal force to a woman/ girl with the intention to outrage her modesty".

This is what outrages me and i am sure a lot of us around. A sexual assault is a sexual assault, no matter what. Be it above the clothes or without. I also live in a family. I have a mother, a sister a girlfriend and friends and I am sure everyone does. Someday I might have a daughter. I really want a safe environment for them and the people around me right now. These rules and laws need to be reformed.

The main justice Pushpa Ganediwala is a woman herself still, she gave such a worrysome verdict. Does she even know what happens to a person when she goes through such scenarios? I understand what the law states but, issues like this call for a change in the law.

I really wish we all come together NOW and try and get this system right, because this system is because of us and not the other way round. I am not an amazing orator or writer and i don't know how well i could convey my thoughts here but i really want to make this country and this world a safe place for all of us and there won't be any world without women in it.

I request everyone to please sign this and join hands with me in getting our voices heard.