New Delhi, May 1: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked all the High Courts to constitute 3-member panel to monitor trials under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra also directed all high courts to ensure that the cases of sexual assault of children to be fast-tracked and decided by special courts.
POCSO Act & stricter punishment plea: Supreme Court has directed all High Courts to constitute a committee to monitor & regulate POCSO Act cases in all the state High Courts expeditiously.
— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2018
Besides this, the apex court asked the high courts to instruct the trial courts not to grant unnecessary adjournments during a trial of cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The court order came as it was told that 112,628 cases under POCSO Act were pending before trial courts across the country, with Uttar Pradesh leading the list at 30,883.
According to news agency IANS report, Maharashtra including Goa, Union Territory (UT) of Diu and Daman, Dadar and Nagar Haveli has 16,099 pending cases, followed by Madhya Pradesh (10,117), West Bengal (9,894), Odisha (6,849), Delhi (6,100), Kerala including UT Of Lakshadweep (5,409), Gujarat (5,177), Bihar (4,910) and Karnataka (4,045).
Last month, the central government approved an ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to provide for the death penalty for the rape of minor below the age of 12.
The decision comes in a wake of the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, which stunned the country.