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SC Issues Directives To High Courts For Fast-Track Trials Under POCSO Act

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| May 1 , 2018 , 15:16 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a set of directives to all the High Courts of the country regarding trials under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in sexual assault cases involving children.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising of Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud directed all the HCs to ensure that cases of sexual assault of children are fast-tracked and decided by special courts, without unnecessary adjournments.  

The SC bench specified that high courts may constitute a committee of 3 judges to regulate and monitor the trials of sexual assault cases of children. The apex court also said that the Director General of Police of the respective states shall constitute a Special Task Force to assist in the investigations which should be completed within a period of 2 months.

The Supreme Court had been responding to a PIL filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava regarding the rape of an 8-month-old baby girl in New Delhi on January 28.

The Union Cabinet had recently passed an ordinance, which was then approved by President Ram Nath Kovind as well, to provide stringent punishment including death penalty to those convicted of raping minors.

The ordinance came in the wake of nation-wide protests over the brutal gangrape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.