New Delhi: Expressing concern over the increasing number of child sexual abuse cases, the Delhi High Court on Friday directed criminal courts to take all possible measures to ensure that true testimony of child witnesses was recorded without undue pressure.
Emphasising the need to protect children from sexual abuse, Justice P S Teji said, “Child sexual abuse is one of the most pervasive social problems faced by our society. Its impact is profound because of the sheer frequency with which it occurs and because of the trauma brought to the lives of the children who have experienced this crime.”
He termed child sexual abuse an epidemic and pointed out that children, who have suffered sexual abuse, not only suffer from physical pain but are also subjected to mental and emotional trauma.
“As a society, it is important to recognise that sexual exploitation of children is a very sensitive issue and must be addressed humanely,” he stressed. The court was hearing a petition to dismiss an FIR, registered on sexual abuse of a child, on the ground that a ‘compromise’ had been reached between the parties. The petitioner, Ankush Kumar, lured the child (12) when the latter was wandering in a park with a job offer — that of cleaning vehicles for `4,000 a month. Later, he took the child to a secluded place and sexually assaulted him.
Rejecting the plea, the judge said, “The conduct of the petitioner is an abuse of the process of law… to achieve his covert object, the petitioner also made the father of the minor a party. The father of the minor has been used to get a Memorandum of Understanding.”
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