SC seeks data from HCs on pending sexual assault cases against minors

The Supreme Court directed the Registrar Generals of the High Courts across the country to collect and collate data regarding the pendency of cases of sexual offences against children lodged under the stringent POCSO Act.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M Khanwilkar and D.Y Chandrachud gave the direction on a plea that had sought compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the parents of an eight-month old baby who was allegedly raped by her 28-year-old cousin in New Delhi on January 28 this year in a locality near Netaji Subhash Place in north-west Delhi..

The plea, filed by lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava, has also sought framing of guidelines that investigation and trial of the cases involving rape of children below the age of 12 years, under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act, should be completed within six months from the date of lodging of the FIR.

The top court also directed its Registry to communicate the order to the registrars general of the high courts seeking a district wise detailed report on pendency of cases and posted the matter for hearing on April 20.


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