“POCSO was formulated to protect children under the age of 18 years from sexual exploitation. Nowadays often it has become a tool for their exploitation”
Allahabad High Court directed the State Government to undertake an exercise for admission of the children in reputed schools in the vicinity of the homes.
The High Court also issued directions for effective implementation of POCSO Act and amendments introduced in the CrPC in 2018 vis-à-vis notifying the informants or victims about filing of regular and anticipatory bail applications and other connected issues.
On determination of age, Bombay High Court expressed that “When there is still margin of four years, it cannot be said that the girl was not a “child” as defined under Section 2(d) of the POCSO Act.”
Justice N. Anand Venkatesh of Madras High Court is known within the legal fraternity for his progressive, profound and to the point judgments.
“The yardstick to be applied in cases where the appointment sought relates to a Law Enforcement Agency, ought to be much more stringent than those applied to a routine vacancy.”
However, the Commission was of the view that it is not advisable to tinker with the existing age of consent under the POCSO Act.
Delhi High Court mentioned that children born from the wedlock will be free to pursue their legal rights in accordance with the law. The parties have entered a settlement only regarding their rights and titles leaving open the the rights, titles, and interests of the children to pursue their legal remedies as per law.
“Wherever the dispute with respect to the age of a person arises in the context of her or him being a victim under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act, 2012, the courts have to take recourse to the steps indicated in Section 94 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.”
While considering matters involving sexual offences, a Court must be mindful that the incidents of sexual violence have adverse effects on the overall growth and development of the said human being, thus it is in the interest of justice and society at large that proceedings are handled with due care and precaution, especially when the Court is dealing with an application for releasing the accused on bail.
“A brother for a sister is a protector, confidant and a lifelong friend. They share a unique bond that nothing can replace. A sister is a treasure beyond measure for the brother whereas a brother is a hero in disguise and a role model for the sister”.
The Supreme Court was of the opinion that the Rajasthan High Court seemed to have been primarily swayed by the delay in filing the complaint i.e. 13 months for granting bail in favour of the accused, without considering other important facts.
Supreme Court noted that there are multiple FIRs that have been registered over a period, thereby attracting the issue of wreaking vengeance out of private or personal grudge as alleged.
“Justice can be said to have been approximated only when the victims are brought back to society, made to feel secure, their worth and dignity, restored. Without this, justice is an empty phrase, an illusion.”
Madras High Court said there are instances where a minor and their guardian may not be interested in proceeding further with the case and entangle themselves in a legal process. In such instances, termination of pregnancy can be made without the disclosure of the name of the minor.
“The Trial Court has rightly convicted the accused and we do not find any illegality in the impugned judgment of conviction and therefore, the same deserves to be upheld.”
The Trial Court observed that the victim was very young at the time of the incident and minor contradictions could not be a ground to disbelieve her testimony.”
“The delay in lodging FIR in cases of child rape should be taken with much sensitivity and the Courts concerned must judiciously weigh all the surrounding factors which led to such delay as discarding the otherwise meritorious case of the victim merely because there was failure to knock at the portals of justice in a time-bound manner would mean nothing but adding a pinch of salt to the victim’s injury.”
It is very unfortunate that now a days, in maximum cases the women are using false rape FIRs as a weapon just to grab money from State, which should be stopped.
“The counsel for the respondent was directed to take all necessary measures to protect the identity and right to privacy of the girl child and that the media acts in compliance with Section 23 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.”