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HC seek’s govt’s response on PIL on special courts for sexual offence against minors

The Delhi high court on Wednesday sought response from the  city government on a PIL seeking a direction to constitute special courts for trying sexual offences committed against children.

A bench of acting chief justice B D Ahmed and justice Vibhu Bakhru issued notice to the Delhi government and sought response by 14 August on the PIL filed by an advocate, Gaurav Bansal, saying section 28 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act mandates setting up special courts but nothing has been done so far.

The petitioner submitted that the Act also mandates appointment of special public prosecutors to deal with such cases. Although the Act came into being last November, the government so far has neither constituted the special courts nor appointed special public prosecutors, the lawyer said. The bench asked the petitioner to make Delhi high court a party in the matter.

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