New Delhi: The pendency of cases related to sexual offences against children under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 in various courts was cited as the main reason for the delay in addressing matters related to the well being of children, in a batch of two petitions in the Delhi high court.
The court was hearing the petitions, one by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal and another by Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an India based movement campaigning for the rights of children, seeking timely disposal of cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
A bench headed by G. Rohini, chief justice of Delhi high court, said that the two petitions would be heard by a regular bench at a later date.
In an affidavit by advocate Gauarv Kumar Bansal, one of the petitioners in the case, it was submitted that pitfalls by the Delhi government such as failure to submit the forensic reports on time, providing sufficient number of witness rooms within the vicinity and providing qualified experts in such cases have greatly contributed to the delay in disposal of cases related to child abuse.
It was added that the state government had failed to provide even basic facilities like vulnerable witness rooms, forensic labs.
It was also highlighted that the courts specifically set up to consider sexual offences against children were dealing with Sebi cases, drugs and cosmetics cases and others apart from those focussing on child abuse.
The case will be heard next on 22 December.