In a recent ruling, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has clarified that the act of ejaculation is not necessary to constitute penetrative sexual assault under Section 3 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act). The Court was hearing an appeal filed by an accused who had been convicted for the offence of penetrative sexual assault under the POCSO Act and section 376(2)(i) of the Indian Penal Code. The accused had argued that since semen was not detected at the time of examination of the victim, it could not be considered as an act of penetrative sexual assault.

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