Guidelines Issued for Effective Compliance with POSCO Act – Bombay HC

08-04-2021

The Bombay High Court issued guidelines for effective compliance with the provisions of the Protection of Child from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) to ensure victim's participation in various stages of judicial process.

The Bombay High Court provided directions to be imposed on the Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) when it comes to intimation to be given to the victim‘s family. The Court stated that it shall be the duty of the SJPU to inform the relevant court about the service of such application and notice of hearing along with proof of service.

The judgment came on a plea inviting the Court’s attention to the non-compliance with the provisions of POCSO Act and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) stipulating the minor victim’s participation in the judicial process. The Court directed that a copy of the judgment be circulated to all presiding officers of all Sessions Courts in Maharashtra, the Director General and Superintendent of Maharashtra Police, Director of Prosecution, State of Maharashtra and Maharashtra State Legal Services Authorities.

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