Child Care Institute Roing, expresses frustration over delay in a case under POCSO Act.
By The Space
The Child Care Institute Roing Director Mr. RK Paul and the Chairperson Ms. Desai Lingi have expressed frustration over the delay in prosecution and lack of conviction in a case filed under the POCSO Act. They have informed that on 2nd March, 2021, a minor alleged to be a victim of sexual assault was out under their charge for care and counselling.
The underage victim had been working as a domestic servant in the house of the accused one Aka Kalung, since she was around 6-7 years old, when her grandmother brought her to the accused's house from Nepal. The Child Care Institute director also raised concerns regarding the procedure followed by the Sessions Judge while recording the victim's statement without the presence of a trusted guardian and granting bail to the accused.
There are other disturbing aspects in this particular case, like the fact that the victim's father has been staying at the house of the accused and has been accompanied by the brother in law of the accused during his visits to the victim i.e. his daughter. The proximity of the victim's father with the accused and fact that the victim was brought from Nepal by the grandmother at a very tender age, suggests complicity in international child trafficking. Trafficked children are the most vulnerable groups, subjected to wide ranging abuses.
Authorities are urged to expeditiously prosecute cases filed under POCSO Act and crack down on child trafficking.