Historical Judgement by High court shall give a new ray of hope for male pocso victims: BBA

  • | Monday | 17th May, 2021

In a landmark judgment, the Delhi High Court hearing a case under Protection ofChildren from Sexual Offences (POCSO), represented by BBA on Thursday awarded Rs 6 lakh towards interim compensation to the victim and his family.

On 13th May, Sessions Court awarded to the petitioner, who was the victim of the offense, interim compensation of Rs. 50,000 towards compensation. Ms. Prabhsahay Kaur, counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner contended the order dated 19.08.2020 made by the learned ASJ in CIS SC No. 66/2020 stating the amount was insufficient. With the intervention of BBA, Delhi High Court ordered an interim compensation of Rs 6 lakh. The Court directed Rs 1 lakh to be handed over to the victim immediately and Rs 5 lakh in the next two days. In order to ensure the financial security of the victim and his family, the Court directed the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DLSA) to invest Rs 5 lakh in a fix deposit jointly in the name of the boy and his mother. The Court further ordered the DLSA to ensure that the mother receives the interest every month.

Case at glance:

Bachpan Bachao Andolan has been working tirelessly to protect and prevent children from exploitation since four decades. BBA recognises that the legal system can play a critical role in the effective implementation of child protection laws and welfare measures.  There are many children who are deprived of their healthy childhood because of predators looming large around them and most of them are either within the family or close to them. This is about a six-year-old boy whose mother works as domestic help. His father is an acute tuberculosis patient and is bedridden for the last two years. They belong to lower income group. The boy was subjected to sexual assault, abuse and sodomy by his uncle in the victim’s own house.  Bachpan Bachao Andolan took up the case.

Welcoming and appreciating the "historic judgement", BBA Director (Legal) Sampurna Behura, who took up the matter, said that. "There is an urgent need for specific guidelines/ schemes for awarding compensation to POCSO victims irrespective of gender. This judgement has set a precedent and benchmark for awarding compensation to POCSO victims. The state should immediately come up with a scheme/ guideline for awarding compensation to the POCSO victims which shall help the victim in their timely rehabilitation"  

The case comes at a time when BBA’s sister organization Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) is launched Justice For Every Child campaign to support child victims of sexual abuse and rape who are fighting their cases in court. The campaign aims to intervene in 5,000 cases of child sexual abuse and rape in 100 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) across the country with the highest backlogs of POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) cases across India.

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