CSA in the News – 3rd April 2013
1] Act fast on molesters, HC to Punjab, Haryana
CHANDIGARH: Punjab and Haryana high court issued directions to the states of Punjab and Haryana and Chandigarh administration on Tuesday on what remedial measures to take to curb the menace of crime against women.
The HC’s guidelines come three months after it took suo motu cognizance of a TOI report, “Punjab’s shame: Minor kills self after gang rape” on the suicide by a minor girl from Patiala district after the cops failed to act against the men who brutalized her. At that time, on December 28, 2012, the HC had also censured the Punjab government, saying there was a need to combat the “rape culture” in the state.
2] DNA test nails Apna Ghar rapist
CHANDIGARH: A DNA examination has established that Jai Bhagwan, the son-in-law of the main accused Jaswanti Devi in the Apna Ghar sex scandal, is the biological father of a baby girl born to one of the victims in September last year.
Rukmani (name changed), a deaf and dumb girl, was found pregnant during a raid conducted by a team of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Apna Ghar premises at Rohtak on May 5, 2012.
After the victim’s delivery, the CBI had sought DNA profiling of the baby and Jai Bhagwan, Satish, the driver of Jaswanti Devi, and Jaswanti’s brother Jaswant. PGIMS, Rohtak, had collected their blood samples which were sent to the CBI’s forensic laboratory.
3] High court to hear plea to transfer probe in case of alleged sodomy by education baron
A division bench of Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice A P Bhangale are slated to hear the public interest litigation (PIL) by Anjali Pawar of the NGO ‘Sakhee’ seeking the transfer of the probe to Central Bureau of Investigation or the State Crime Investigation department. The PIL pertains to allegations in a complaint filed against education baron Shivajirao Jhondale and eight others. Jhondale’s son was the complainant in the case.
The PIL also urged direction for setting up special courts under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act to conduct trials and related proceedings. The petition said “‘Sakhee’ received a CD in August 2012 showing how the 16 year old boy was being sexually assaulted and subjected to repeated unnatural sexual activities.” A first information report was lodged on August 18, 2012 with the Ottur Police Station. The sessions court granted the nine accused, including Jhondale, anticipatory bail. The petition said the accused as well as the boy who appeared before the Child Welfare Committee said the incident “happened out of fun”.
4] ‘Special kids in sexual assault cases must be dealt with care’
MUMBAI: Whenever a case of child sexual abuse comes up, investigators often have a problem in building up a solid case. It’s not just about difficulty in gathering forensic evidence about the assault, but getting information too is an issue because of the victim’s tender age.
Developmental paediatrician Dr Samir Dalwai, who is attached to Sion hospital, said that special children were victimized more than other children mainly because they are seen as easy targets.
The Kurla school student abuse is a case in point. Investigators and experts told TOI that the fact that the victim is a special child has made the case all the more difficult. A police official said that the child had so far refused or failed to say a word to the investigation team.