DCPCR following up on 350 cases registered under POCSO Act
New Delhi: To study the ground reality and ensure proper implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has began a process of checking the status of past cases that were registered under the Act.
Under this process, DCPCR is contacting victim children and their families to know whether or not they have received proper compensation.
Jyoti Duhan Rathee, member, DCPCR told Millennium Post that around 350 cases from the past few years are being probed to know the status of the victims.
"We are contacting the children to know whether they are going to school or not. But we are not talking to them about the incident they faced. The victims' family members have been asked about the condition of their child and also whether they have got compensation or not," said Rathee.
She added that through the initiative, the Commission will come to know about the ground reality of the implementation of POCSO Act as well as condition of the victims.
Rathee further said that on some occasions, POCSO cases were registered after the victims or their kin directly approached the Commission or were filed by police after DCPCR took suo motu cognisance of the incident.
"We conducted a comprehensive study from 2015 to 2017 and found that Aman Vihar, Nihal Vihar, Mangolpuri, Begumpur, Kalyanpuri, Narela, Anand Parbat, New Ashok Nagar, Malviya Nagar and Ghazipur are among the 20 places where child abuse cases are high," said the DCPCR member.
In a recent letter sent to child welfare committees, DCPCR asked them to submit a list of support persons appointed by them in POCSO cases – along with their contact details – so that the Commission can get details of developments in the case and compensation provided to victims.
The Commission has also written to district child protection units for creation of a database to help children.
"They have been asked to provide detailed information regarding special educators, mental health experts, translators, interpreters, counsellors, psychologists or other experts who have experience of working with children in different difficult circumstances at the district level," a DCPCR official said.
Recently, a DCPCR team visited a school in Narela, where a complaint about verbal abuse of girl students at the hands of a teacher was received.
"We visited the school and separately talked to both boys and girls as well as teachers in the school," said Rathee.