New Delhi, July 26: A total of 33,000 cases of sexual assault of children were registered under the POCSO Act last year, with Uttar Pradesh recording the highest number of cases at 6,782, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Also Read - Groping Minor With no 'Skin-to-skin Contact' Not Sexual Assault: Bombay High Court

Quoting the National Crime Records Bureau, Minister of State of the Women and Child Development Ministry Virendra Kumar said, “While 33,000 cases were registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in 2017, about 36,022 cases registered in 2016.” Also Read - Delhi Shocker: 13-Year-Old Boy Forced to Have Sex Change, Raped by 6 Men For Years, Case Filed

In 2017, Uttar Pradesh registered 6,782 cases of sexual abuse of children, Maharashtra recorded 4,354 and Madhya Pradesh 4,118, Kumar said.
In 2016, 3,659 people were convicted under the POCSO Act with 792 convictions from Madhya Pradesh, he said. Also Read - Maharashtra Shocker: Three-Year-Old Gangraped by 2 Minor Boys, Case Registered Under POCSO Act