Agra, August 12: A 25-year-old madrassa teacher was arrested under Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in Uttar Pradesh’s Achhnera, news agency ANI reported.
The incident took place on August 9.
It must be noted that the Supreme Court issued a slew of directions to all the high courts of the country regarding trial in sexual assault cases involving children. The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed all high courts to ensure that the cases of sexual assault of children to be fast-tracked and decided by special courts.
The apex court also asked the high courts to instruct the trial courts not to grant unnecessary adjournments during trial of cases under the POCSOAct.
The bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said the high courts may constitute a committee of three judges to regulate and monitor the trials of sexual assault cases of children, as it disposed of a PIL filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava.
Further, the Union Cabinet had on April 21 approved the ordinance to provide stringent punishment, including the death penalty, for those convicted of rape of girls below 12 years. The move of the Centre came after a public outcry for an award of death penalty to such sexual offenders, including the assaulters of an 8-year-old girl who was gangraped and killed at Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir recently.