Supreme Court gets tough on child rape cases
Judges ask for details on pending cases from the High Courts
The Supreme Court has come down strictly on the molestation of children. After filing a public interest petition filed in this regard, the Supreme Court is now holding regular hearings, and issued an important directive on Monday.
Under the order, all the High Court registries will be required to report child rape cases. They will also provide information on how long they are pending. The figures will be sent to the Supreme Court registry within 10 days. The next hearing is on July 25.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had put together figures on crimes against children between January and June this year. According to this report, 24,212 cases were registered during this period. Of these, trials were completed in 911 cases. This is just 4 per cent of the total number of registered cases. After this, the Supreme Court filed a public interest litigation, PIL, in its own case on Friday.
The court has appointed senior advocate V Giri as the amicus curiae in this case. During the previous hearing, the court said it would also look at suggestions, including exclusive investigation and formation of Special Courts for hearings on matters related to child rape. Its purpose is to provide speedy justice to the victims. The Central Government had told the court through Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that it was ready to cooperate.
Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of 3,457 cases of child rape. But only 22 FIRs were filed, which is only 3% of the total registered cases.
The most cases were settled in Chandigarh. There were 29 cases registered, out of which 12 were settled, i.e. 41 percent. No case was settled in at least 17 states and Union Territories.
[Auto translated from the Hindi original]