Nation Other News 02 Sep 2017 Stick to time frame ...

Stick to time frame in POCSO cases: State police chief Loknath Behera

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Sep 2, 2017, 2:24 am IST
Updated Sep 2, 2017, 2:24 am IST
The state police chief said that there were flaws in the investigation of sexual assault cases.
Loknath Behera (Photo: YouTube Screengrab)
 Loknath Behera (Photo: YouTube Screengrab)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State police chief Loknath Behera has directed the police officials to strictly follow the time frame, privacy  and other norms prescribed by the Supreme Court  and POCSO Act in cases pertaining to sexual offences against women and children. According to sources, as per the norms,  trial in cases under the POCSO has to be completed within one year after registering the case. But in most cases,  the chargesheet could not be filed in time owing to various reasons like delay in getting scientific examination reports.

The delay makes the witnesses reluctant to testify and leads to the escape of the accused, Mr. Behera said in a circular to the police officials. He  said that there were flaws in the investigation of sexual assault cases. There were even instances of violation of established legal norms in the investigation.

 

Directing the investigation officers to be  cautious while handling such cases, Mr. Behera also cited an instance of invoking a section of POCSO that warranted only five- year imprisonment in the case of a sexual abuse of a mentally challenged 15-year-old girl, whereas another section of POCSO that warranted life term could have been invoked. As per the norms, a woman who suffered a sexual assault should be immediately subjected to medical examination and  produced before a magistrate within 24 hours for recording her statement under CrPC section 164. Minors who are victims of sexual offences should be provided emergency medical care in the presence of a guardian  in whom the child has trust, Mr. Behera said. 

 

...
Location: India, Kerala




ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
-->