New Delhi: Anguished over the slow pace of action on protection of children fromsexual predators, theSupreme Courton Thursday directed the center to set up within 60 days in a district where over 100 cases underProtection of Children from Sexual Offenses(Pocso) Act is pending trial
The court acted after it was told that “as per available data, number of victims compensated under Pocso was 3% in 2015, 4% in 2016 and 5% in 2017”. A bench of Chief JusticeRanjan Gogoiand Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose took the decision after learning that 670 designated courts before 1.5 lakh cases are pending trial.
This works out to every judge being assigned an average 224 cases. “Such courts will be funded by the central government. The fund will not only take care of the appointment of the President, but also the appointments of support persons, special public prosecutors, court staff and infrastructure, including creation of childfriendly environment and vulnerable witness court rooms, “the bench said.
The bench directed the WCD Ministry to facilitate screening of “short clips intended to spread awareness of the subject in general, namely, prevention of child abuse and prosecution of children against, in every movie hall and also on various television channels by transmitted. regular intervals “. A child helpline number should also be displayed in such clips and schools and other public places, it said.
Kerala has the worst judge-case ratio, as it has set up just three designated courts for 14 districts with every required to deal with 2,211 cases. Chhattisgarh and Punjab have the lowest average of 51 cases per designated court. SC registrar SS Rathi informed the court that although the act mandates trial to be completed in one year, the deadline is impossible to achieve as every designated trial judge is the other cases of trial in addition to a few hundred cases with saddled.
They informed the court that a trial can be completed in one year only when the judge is assigned around 60 cases.