Press Esc to close
Sunday 25 September 2016
News updated at 8:45 AM IST
Weather
Max: 25.2°C
Min : 20.1°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Set up spl courts to speed up child sex abuse cases: MHA

New Delhi, Jun 20, 2013 (PTI)
File image

The Home Ministry has directed all states to set up special courts for speedy trials of child sexual abuse cases and ensure immediate care and protection of the victim in a shelter home or in the nearest hospital.

The Ministry said the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, provides for the evidence of the child to be recorded within a period of 30 days and completion of the trial by the Special Court within a period of one year, as far as possible.

To provide for relief and rehabilitation of the child, as soon as the complaint is made to police, they will make immediate arrangements to give the child, care and protection like admitting the child into shelter home or to the nearest hospital within 24 hours of the report, a Home Ministry advisory to all states and Union Territories said.

The police are also required to report the matter to the Child Welfare Committee within 24 hours of recording the complaint, for long term rehabilitation of the child.

For the more heinous offences of penetrative sexual assault, aggravated penetrative sexual assault, sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault, the burden of proof is shifted to the accused.

This provision has been made keeping in view the greater vulnerability and innocence of children, the advisory said quoting the Act.

At the same time, to prevent misuse of the law, punishment has been provided for making false complaint or proving false information with malicious intent.

Such punishment has been kept relatively light (six months) to encourage reporting. If false complaint is made against a child, punishment is higher, it said.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Army personnel arrive to help flood affected people in Hyderabad...

Army personnel arrive to help flood affected people in Hyderabad...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah wave to the crowd at public rally...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah wave to the crowd at public rally...

Thangavelu Mariyappan who won the gold in the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro...

Thangavelu Mariyappan who won the gold in the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro...

A view of regular traffic during relaxation given by authorities and separatists from strike...

A view of regular traffic during relaxation given by authorities and separatists from strike...

A truck hangs mid-air after breaking the railing of a road bridge over Manjira river in Medak...

A truck hangs mid-air after breaking the railing of a road bridge over Manjira river in Medak...

Cricketer M.S. Dhoni at the launch of refurbished edition of Maruti Suzuki's Alto 800...

Cricketer M.S. Dhoni at the launch of refurbished edition of Maruti Suzuki's Alto 800...

An artist takes selfie with other artists in Ahmedabad on Saturday...

An artist takes selfie with other artists in Ahmedabad on Saturday...

Indian Space Research Organisation's PSLV-C35 ready to be launch on Saturday with SCATSAT-1...

Indian Space Research Organisation's PSLV-C35 ready to be launch on Saturday with SCATSAT-1...

People participate in a protest by Maratha Karnti Morcha against Kopardi Rape case in Nashik...

People participate in a protest by Maratha Karnti Morcha against Kopardi Rape case in Nashik...

Soldier carrying weapon at a location near the Indo-Pak border in Jammu...

Soldier carrying weapon at a location near the Indo-Pak border in Jammu...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523