Special courts for crimes against children


Section 28(1) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 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 provided that if a Court of Session is notified as a Children’s Court under the Commissions for Protection of Child Right Act, 2005 or a Special Court designated for similar purposes under any other law for the time being in force, then, such court shall be deemed to be a Special Court under this Session. As per these provisions, it is for the State Government to designate the Special Courts. Information on the number of Courts so designated or the number of cases disposed of and pending in these courts is not maintained Centrally. However, as per the reports published by National Crime Records Bureau, the cases reported and conviction rate in respect of crimes against children during the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 are as under:

 

Crime against children

Year

Number of cases reported

Conviction rate

1

2

3

2013

58224

30.9

2012

38172

29.0

2011

33098

34.6

 

This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.


 
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