Set Up Special Courts In Districts With Over 100 Pending POCSO Cases: SC To Centre

26 July 2019


Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Centre to set up special courts in districts where over 100 cases were pending under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the Centre to set up these courts within 60 days, release funds for the project and appoint trained, sensitised prosecutors and support persons to deal with the POCSO cases.

The apex court on Thursday also noted that more designated Forensic Science Laboratories (FSL) were needed across the country to avoid delay in trial and for early disposal of cases covered by the POCSO Act.

It directed the directors and the authorities concerned of every state forensic laboratory to ensure that the existing and available FSLs function in an effective manner in analysing samples collected under the POCSO Act.

The court also directed that the reports of such analysis be sent promptly.

On Wednesday, members across party lines in Rajya Sabha supported a stricter law against child abuse and passed the bill for amending the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides for stringent punishment including life imprisonment for using children for pornographic purposes.

The new law is expected to discourage the trend of child sexual abuse by acting as a deterrent due to the strong penal provisions in it. It intends to protect the interests of vulnerable children in times of distress and ensure their safety and dignity.
(With IANS Inputs)