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.