A Child rights activist from NGO Childline has written to the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and the High Court’s juvenile justice committee regarding bail being granted to the juvenile accused in a case of sexual harassment of a five-year-old in Pune.
Officials of Dnyana Devi Childline have questioned why the rules were not followed and how the accused was granted immediate bail in the case.
“I have written to Juvenile Justice Board, district judge and also registered my complaint with the juvenile justice committee regarding grant of bail in this case,” stated director Anuradha Sahasrabudhe on the case.
“The parents of the victim had registered their complaint with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and we got involved and from the registration of the complaint to the immediate grant of bail we faced problems all there was,” she added.
“The police delayed the filing of the FIR and it was only after the Police Commissioner’s intervention that the case was filed,’’ she further said.
She said that there was severe lack of awareness regarding Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and said that the delay in registering a case or not doing it is denying justice.
“In cases of POCSO, such denial is not acceptable,’’ said Sahasrabudhe.
Apparently the mother and daughter were made to wait for more than six to seven hours for registering a First Information Report and the case was also diluted by applying the wrong sections, she said.
She said that the suspect is also a minor and lives next door and has been granted bail in further violation of the Act.
The victim’s parents had approached Childline, the Juvenile Justice Board, the district judge, Juvenile Justice Committee of the High Court, Child Welfare Committee and the Delhi-based National Commission for protection of child rights.
Sahasrabude said that the general practice of dissuading victims from registering an FIR should also be stopped.