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CJI concerned at declining conviction rate in rape cases

CJI concerned at  declining conviction rate in rape cases
Supreme court CJI said that according to the recent amendment, victim does not have to indulge in issues of financing her treatment. ‘According to the recent amendment on 3 February 2013, after adopting recommendations of Justice Verma report, it is in the provision that if victims get hurts during sexual assault then treatment should be done free of cost. However it was never came to public notice, on any platform or by any means,’ said CJI P Sathasivam. The Chief Justice also said that if FIR in sexual offence does not get registered, it becomes an offence and according to provision, a victims statement should get recorded by only a women constable.

Highlighting the points of two books (Locating the Survivors, Decoding the law and Engaging with the Criminal Justice System) published by Lawyers Collective Women’s Right Initiative (LCWRI), released at British Counsil, he said that these books are written in simple language and it will act as composite justice system for this law. ‘I have decided to send the copies of these books in all high courts of India. I will also recommend to translate it into different regional languages, so that majority of people will be able to know necessary provisions, ‘ said CJI India.

Along with justice Ranjana Desai and additional solicitor general Indira Jai Singh he also pointed towards police, lawyers and judges and said that the real cause is unheard because of inefficiency of judges, lawyers and un policing. Trail court judges have always better opportunity to know the prosecutrix (victim), because of the addition of a stage (Trail) and that is why they should be very careful while pronouncing judgments.
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