Set up special courts for POCSO cases, Vasan urges government.

Tamil Maanila Congress Speaker GK Vasan on Monday urged the government of Tamil Nadu to immediately set up special courts for POCSO cases in four districts as announced a year ago.

The Hindu had in a recent report pointed out that the courts had not yet been established despite the government’s announcement that they would be established in Dindigul, Dharmapuri, Theni and Tiruvallur districts to handle the high volume of cases.

Mr Vasan, in a statement, said the delay would only increase the number of pending cases and create social and financial pressure on the affected children and their families.

“The government of Tamil Nadu must create a situation where women and children are safe and free from sexual harassment. But it is worrying that such incidents continue to occur,” Vasan said.

Repeatedly going to court for hearings would lead to financial loss and a feeling among affected children and families that justice was not being served at the right time, the Rajya Sabha member said.

“The courts also have a responsibility to ensure that POCSO cases are heard at the earliest and that justice is served. Also, the government of Tamil Nadu must deal severely with cases of sexual harassment so that these incidents do not happen,” he said.

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