Meghalaya High Court on Poxon Act, ’16-year-old girl can take her own decision about sexual relations’

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Meghalaya High Court: The Meghalaya High Court, while making a big comment in a case related to the Poxo Act in the year 2021, said that a 16-year-old girl can decide whether it is right for her to have a relationship with someone or not. The High Court further said that a 16-year-old girl can decide about her sexual relationship. Not only this, the court canceled the FIR related to sexual harassment of the year 2021. In fact, a petition was filed in the Meghalaya High Court, stating that physical relations were made after the consent of both.

What is the whole matter?
According to the bench of Justice W. Diengdoh, considering the physical and mental development of a juvenile at the age of 16 years, the court would consider it reasonable that a person of such age is capable of taking decisions for his own good in relation to sexual intercourse. According to the petitioner, the 16-year-old girl was his girlfriend and they were in love with each other. When the girl’s mother came to know, the girl’s mother lodged an FIR in the year 2021 under Section 363 of IPC and POCSO Act.

Meghalaya High Court quashed the case
Along with this, the petitioner also said that this matter should not be seen as sexual violence because the girl told in her statement in the court that she is the boy’s girlfriend. According to the petitioner, the girl also confirmed that the physical relationship was made with the will of both and there was no coercion in it. After this whole matter, the court gave its verdict and canceled the case. Not only this, the court also said that a 16-year-old girl is capable of taking decisions related to her sexual relationship.

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