Acquittals increase in POCSO cases in Hyderabad as victims turn hostile

  • | Wednesday | 14th August, 2019

Ironically, of the 52 victims, only four were contesting acquittal, which means that victims of the POCSO cases went forward with the entire course of the legal battle against the perpetrator. However, due to lack of sufficient evidence or lapses in the investigation, accused in other cases were also acquitted. The rest 48 cases however ended in the acquittal of the accused persons as the witnesses or victims themselves turned hostile. A substantial number of accused persons are acquitted as they are cases of elopement and the act was done with the consent of the minors. The fact that so many victims turn hostile is worrying as the accused persons continue to roam freely in the society and be a liability to women’s safety.

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