POCSO charge against BSP leaders for their slogans..


Mumbai: Lucknow police on Sunday initiated proceedings to add sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act of 2012 in the FIR lodged against BSP supremo Mayawati and other senior leaders, including party's national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui, for their alleged lewd remarks targeting expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh's family members, particularly her minor daughter, during a protest in the city on July 21.

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The 78-year-old mother of Dayashankar had lodged the FIR at the Hazratganj police station, Dayashankar's wife Swati had been demanding inclusion of POCSO Act sections against the BSP leaders who allegedly made derogatory comments against her 12-year-old daughter and mother-in-law.

The POCSO Act was brought by the UPA government in 2012 to effectively deal with cases of sexual exploitation of children, especially minor girls. The FIR was been registered under sections 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups), 504 (intentional insult with intent to breach peace), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act to insult modesty of woman) of the IPC.

An FIR was filed against Dayashankar on July 20 on the basis of a complaint filed by Mewalal for making derogatory remarks against Mayawati in Mau. Dayashankar was arrested in Buxar in Bihar and sent to jail on July 29.