Child sexual offences: 597 POCSO courts set up across the country

There are 597 courts set up or designated in 681 districts under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 to deal with the crimes against children, Parliament was informed Friday.

This was stated by Minister of State for Law & Justice PP Chaudhary in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha based on information provided by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which administers the POCSO Act, 2012.

The Minister also informed that the working and control of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences courts dealing with crimes against children comes within the purview of respective High Courts.

Section 28 of POCSO Act provides that for the purposes of providing a speedy trial, the State Government shall in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court, by notification in the Official Gazette, designate for each district, a Court of Session to be a Special Court to try the offences under the Act.

As per the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 90,205 cases were pending trial at the end of the 2016. Maharashtra tops the list with 17,338 cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh (15,938), Madhya Pradesh (10,950), among others.

The POCSO Act was passed to effectively address sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.

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