Section 2 POCSO Act (The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012): Definitions.
Definitions. – (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,
(a) “aggravated penetrative sexual assault” has the same meaning as assigned to it in section 5;
(b) “aggravated sexual assault” has the same meaning as assigned to it in section 9;
(c) “armed forces or security forces” means armed forces of the Union or security forces or police forces, as specified in the Schedule;
(d) “child” means any person below the age of eighteen years;
[(da) “child pornography” means any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a child which include photograph, video, digital or computer generated image indistinguishable from an actual child, and image created, adapted, or modified, but appear to depict a child;]
(e) “domestic relationship” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in clause (j) of section 2 of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005;
(f) “penetrative sexual assault” has the same meaning as assigned to it in section 3;
(g) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
(h) “religious institution” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in the Religious Institutions (Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1988;
(i) “sexual assault” has the same meaning as assigned to it in section 7;
(j) “sexual harassment” has the same meaning as assigned to it in section 11;
(k) “shared household” means a household where the person charged with the offence lives or has lived at any time in a domestic relationship with the child;
(l) “Special Court” means a court designated as such under section 28;
(m) “Special Public Prosecutor” means a Public Prosecutor appointed under section 32.
(2) The words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, [the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (2 of 2016)] and the Information Technology Act, 2000 shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the said Codes or the Acts.
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