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Six out of 10 people arrested under POCSO Act in Assam are Muslims:Report

While the whole country is busy watching exchange of words between the opposition and the ruling BJP government over disqualification of Congress baron Rahul Gandhi from the membership of Parliament and subsequent events, a report emerged from Assam that says six out of ten accused arrested under Protection of Children from sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in the state are reportedly belongs to Muslim community.

This has been revealed when the statistics were placed in the state legislative assembly of Assam recently.

It is pertinent to mention here that that Hemantha Biswa Sarma government in Assam unleashed a crackdown against under age marriages under Protection of Children from sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and so far registered more than 4,200 cases and 6,707 people were charged under the act.

According to a report, most of the arrests were made in 10 districts of the state. It is learnt that the Indian Express reportedly gathered the input from 35 police stations and police commissionerates of Guwahati that says around 3,141 people have been detained under Protection of Children from sexual Offences (POCSO) Act out of which 62 percent accused secured bail from the local courts.

While ascertaining the records it was found that 62.24 percent accused booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act belong to Muslim community while 1186 persons that corresponds to followed 37.76 percent are from Hindu or other communities.

The vigorous crackdown was unleashed in the month of January this year by the BJP led Assam Government that saw thousands of people arrested under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The campaign shattered the lives of families in myriad mainly from Muslim communities in the state led by Chief Minister Hemantha Biswa Sarma.

The report said 2,289 out of 2,361 cases were booked under the POCSO act that saw several people detained by the local police. This corresponds to a prosecution rate of 97 percent.  Apart from POCSO act, the arrests were also made under IPC section 376 (Rape).

Not just the POCSO act, the CM Hemantha Biswa Sharma government has rolled-out measures targeting deeni madrasas in the state. Recently, the chief minister made a controversial statement against the Madrasas running in the state that created an outrage among the Muslim community.

While addressing a public meeting in Bangalore he was heard saying that “So far, 600 Madrasas were closed down in my state but my intention is to shut all such institutions in future.”