SC issues directions for expeditious implementation of POCSO act
The Supreme Court has directed all High Courts to constitute a committee to monitor and regulate POCSO Act cases in all the High Courts expeditiously. State DGP to ensure probe is done expeditiously.
The bench was hearing the PIL filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, drawing the attention of the court to the shocking incident of rape of an eight-month-old girl by her 28-year-old cousin in Shakur Basti of North-West Delhi in January, seeking guidelines to ensure that investigation and trial of cases involving rape of children below the age of 12 years is completed within six months from the date of lodging of the FIR.
The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice D. Y. Chandrachud and Justice A. M. Khanwilkar issued a string of directions in respect of the trial and disposal of matters under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act of 2.