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It is illegal to falsely complain or provide false information against another person alleging that they have sexually abused a child in any way if they haven’t actually done so. The punishment for doing this is either a jail time of one year or fine or both1.
If the false complaint or false information has been made with the intention to humiliate, extort, threaten, blackmail or defame someone, then they can be punished with either a jail time of 6 months or a fine or both2.
However, if a child makes a false complaint or provides false information, the child cannot be punished 3.0
- Section 22(3), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012
- Section 22(1), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012
- Section 22(2), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012