99 per cent POCSO cases pending till December 2020: Study

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New Delhi, Nov 25: Despite a decline in crimes against children, 99 per cent of cases under the POCSO Act were still pending trial as of December 2020, a report by Praja Foundation said on Thursday. According to the foundation’s data, out of the total 1,197 cases registered under Protection of Children against Sexual Offenses in 2020, girls accounted for the highest number of 721 rape cases and 376 sexual assault cases at 94 per cent.

The report said that the POCSO Act was enacted with the sole objective of providing speedy justice to minors, while 99 per cent of the cases of crimes against children were pending trial as of December 2020. As per the data, 42 per cent of total rape cases were registered against children below 18 years in 2020, compared to 47 per cent in 2018 and 45 per cent in 2019.

The data shows that the highest number of rape victims were between 12 and 18 years (620 out of 721 in 2020) and in 95 per cent of these rape cases under the POCSO Act, the perpetrators were known to the victims. The data shows that 93 per cent of the 67 cases under the POCSO Act against boys were unnatural offences.

The low proportion of reported male cases to the total number of cases also reflects the stigma attached to reporting of sexual offenses against males. Praja Foundation has claimed in its report that in 2020, chargesheets were filed in 28 percent of the total IPC cases investigated, while 58 percent of crimes against women and 56 percent of crimes against children were investigated. . incomplete.

The report pointed to a 20 per cent shortfall of police sub-inspectors responsible for investigating cases by March 2021. Of the 3,32,274 IPC cases being heard in Delhi courts, 92 per cent of the cases were pending. December 2020, reflects an overburdened judiciary leading to delays in justice to the victims. It said that 99 per cent of the cases of crime against children were pending till December 2020. When contacted, Delhi Police spokesperson Chinmoy Biswal said, “In Delhi, we register crimes against children and POCSO cases promptly and take the 60-day deadline for investigation very seriously.” Most of the 56 per cent cases pending last year have been chargesheeted and transferred to court.

Of course there will always be cases under investigation, upon completion of which these are referred to the courts. Pending investigation means that the cases are in the process of investigation and chargesheet.” He added, “POCSO cases and crimes against children are our top priority.”

We have an all-India rate of 94.7 per cent or higher charge-sheeting rate of 99.06 per cent in POCSO cases as compared to metro cities’ rate of 96.8 per cent, Biswal said. We have a very high conviction rate of 80 per cent – 42.4 per cent – and the all-India rate of 39.6 per cent as compared to metro cities, he said.

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