Lack of staff and lack of training also contribute to high expectation of POCSO cases in Tamil Nadu – The New Indian Express

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KRISHNAGIRI: Transferring cases to the courts in Mahila may not be enough to reduce the wait for POCSO cases in Tamil Nadu.

Stakeholders said personnel issues in courts should be addressed first. According to data from an RTI response to Krishnagiri activist S Prabakar, the percentage of pending POCSO cases compared to reported cases in the state was 98% (1,516 pending cases vs. 1,544 reported) in 2015.

This figure rose to 233 percent (5,599 pending cases vs. 2,396 reported) in 2019 and 236 percent (7,293 pending cases vs. 3,090 reported) in 2020. Dharmapuri, Thanjavur and Sivaganga are among the districts with highest number of pending cases. POCSO case.

“The role of the court in a POCSO case begins immediately after the registration of an FIR. Court staff should monitor every step of the case, both before and after the trial begins. t increase by simply transferring some business. The long-term solution would be to increase staff and provide dedicated facilities to the POCSO courts, ”said a Madurai court official.

Although 140 “leak” cases were transferred to Madurai Mahila court following the GO, nearly 400 cases are awaiting trial in the POCSO court, which has only seven sanctioned officers: a shirastedar, a court clerk in chief, a deputy clerk, two junior assistants, a typist, and stenographer, the official said.

A special prosecutor from Sivagangai district, who was PP at the POCSO court, highlighted the difficulties faced by the court. “In my first two months, a judge handled POSCO cases, cases before the Mahila court and the Special Court for the Protection of Civil Rights. Then there was no judge for six months, ”she said.

The successor PP added that the wait had worsened during the pandemic, but training programs for all prosecutors dealing with POCSO cases would be helpful. “The delays cause some victims to become hostile. In some cases the victim has married and wants to move on, rather than reliving the trauma. It benefits the accused,” she said.

In Tiruchy, which is among the districts with the fewest pending cases, the District Court’s PP for the second additional session, R Venkatesan, said the wait reduction was in the hands of the judges. Venkatasan was PP in the court of Mahila de Tiruchy from November 2018 to June 2020. “Only the hard work and interest of the judges will reduce the pending cases,” he said.

He worked with two judges Magizhendhi and Vanitha, both of whom handled the cases efficiently, he said. Senior lawyer Sudha Ramalingam said the judiciary, police, health department and NGOs should be sensitized on how to support victims, and the media should be instructed on how to report such cases. .

Meanwhile, Addl DGP (Crime Against Women and Children) K Vanniyaperumal said special wing officers in all districts would be trained to deal with women and child victims, collect evidence and monitor the trial.

(With contributions from Jegadeeswari Pandian of Madurai)

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