May 30, 2020

SC seeks report of development of forensic labs

SC seeks report of development of forensic labs

A bench of Aniruddha Bose and Justices Deepak Gupta said that each and every district should have public prosecutors who have the knowledge to deal with child victims.

Judicial academies in most states should prepare exceptional courses to assist such prosecutors, the court said while hearing the request”In-re Alarming Rise in The Number of Reported Child Rape Incidents” after taking suo motu cognisance.

The top court had said states would need to set up two designated courts in districts in which the number of pending cases of child abuse under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act is more than 300.

It had made it very clear that its July 2019 direction to put up one court in each district having more than 100 FIRs under POCSO Act meant it has to be a designated court to deal with only such cases under the law.

In a slew of directions, the apex court had stated that a short clip, intended to spread awareness about prevention of child abuse and prosecution of crimes against children, be screened in every film hall and broadcast by different television channels at regular intervals.

It had directed that the special court be financed by the Centre that will look after appointment of presiding officer, support persons, special public prosecutors, court staff and infrastructure, including the introduction of a child-friendly surroundings and vulnerable witness courtrooms.

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