October 26, 2020
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Top court directs setting up of special courts in districts where over 100 POCSO cases pending

The Supreme Court of India has directed the setting up of special courts in those districts where more than one hundred POCSO cases are pending.

The important order has been made by a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India. The court has insisted that the order must be implemented within the timeframe of sixty days.

As per the order, the special courts established as per the order of the SC will be fully funded by the central government.

The court has also directed the Solicitor General to file a report regarding the progress of the matter within the time frame of four weeks.

The court is expected to consider the matter again on September 26. That time, the court is likely to evaluate the progress.

The order has been made in the wake of alarming rise in child abuse cases and their long pendency in the courts in the country.

The court has observed that an entirely different approach should be developed to address the issue, particularly in the investigation of the cases.

The latest order may help the concerned to develop a feasible approach to address the serious issue of child abuse.

A new investigation approach and a new judicial approach need to be developed. It is the need of the hour.


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