Mar 10: Principal District & Sessions Judge, Srinagar, Abdul Rashid Malik
who has been designated as Special Court for District Srinagar for trial of the
Protection of the Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) cases, awarded
interim compensation of Rs 3 lac each as interim compensation in three cases,
here on Tuesday.
compensation was awarded in favor of the victims of rape and sexual assault in
FIR No. 115/2019 P/S Nigeen Srinagar, FIR No. 49/2019 P/S Soura, Srinagar, and
FIR No. 06/2019 P/S Shergari, Srinagar, with direction to the Member Secretary,
J&K State Legal Services Authority to release the interim compensation
forthwith in favor of the victims.
11 cases filed under the POCSO Act are being fast tracked.
the Vulnerable Witness Deposition Complex, Srinagar which was inaugurated by
the Chief Justice of J&K High Court on March 16, 2019, has become fully
Justice has formulated a protocol for recording evidence of vulnerable witness
in Jammu and Kashmir in terms of Notification No. 42 dated 29th of May 2019.
per the Protocol, the Vulnerable witness means any child
witness who has not completed 18
years of age or any victim of
sexual violence or any material witness
in dangerous crime and such other witness, as may be deemed Vulnerable by the Trial Courts.
proceedings in POCSO cases are held in Camera. The Victim of Sexual assault is
being provided assistance of a Support Person who is usually a lady lawyer. The
victim does not come in interface with the accused or the Counsel for the
accused. During the trial of the cases under POCSO Act, all precautions are being taken to
ensure a child friendly atmosphere in the Court. The questions are asked to the
victim in a form which are appropriate to the developmental level of vulnerable
witness and questions are allowed in simple language.
is protection of privacy and safety as the record regarding the vulnerable
witness is kept confidential and under-seal. The depositions of the vulnerable
witnesses are recorded by a video link.
are protective measures in the Court Room like avoiding of direct or indirect
contact between vulnerable witness and accused or opposite party at any point of
justice process. Trial is being conducted on fast-track basis to ensure that
the trials in the cases of rape and sexual abuse are concluded within the
stipulated time as envisaged under the Protection of Children from Sexual
Offences Act, 2012.