IT, POCSO Act highlighted at awareness programme

A reporter
AMPATI, April 26:  In view of the rampant circulation of objectionable media through social media and the high incidences of crimes against women and children, awareness-cum-training programme on Information Technology Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was held on April 24 at St. Claret School of Ampati in Shillong.
Organized by the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) of South West Garo Hills, Ampati in collaboration with the Police department, the programme aimed at creating awareness on various offences punishable by law under the IT and POCSO Acts.
Deputy Superintendent of Police G R Marak and LCPO T Marak were the resource persons for the day-long programme. The DSP spoke on the need to refrain from misusing the social media and post objectionable messages, pictures, and videos etc that would amount to discrimination and attract severe penalties under the IT Act.
A thorough presentation on the POCSO Act was also given by T Marak during programme. She informed the participants on various offences and penalties under the Act.