POCSO Act: HC seeks detail

The High Court has directed the Government to inform it about sensitization and awareness programmes to be carried out with regard to J&K Protection of Children from Sexual Violence Act in Jammu and Kashmir.

Division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur issued the direction after perusing the status report filed by Director Information J&K on October 10, 2019.

The court said the authorities concerned shall act in conjunction with DLSAs and a calendar of the programmes to be undertaken for sensitization and awareness shall be placed before it by May 11.

In 2019, the court had said that Section 44 of the POCSO Act of 2018 casts a duty upon the Government to give wide publicity through media— television, radio and press, at regular intervals to make the general public, children as well as their parents and guardians aware of the provisions of the Act.

With regard to setting up of Vulnerable Witnesses Deposition Complexes in every District Court, the HC said the directions made in this regard shall be complied with and a further status report regarding creation of such Complexes and their operationalization shall be placed before it by May 11.

The direction came after the court perused the status report filed by Principal District and Sessions Judge, Srinagar, Abdul Rashid Malik as Coordinator for the Kashmir Province.

Meanwhile, the Court sought report from P D Kotwal, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Kathua, who was appointed as a Coordinator for the Jammu Province.