High Court: Sexual offences against minors on rise - ECAS Punjab

High Court: Sexual offences against minors on rise

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Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 1

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that sexual offences against minors were in the ascendant and such cases could not be compromised. The assertion came as Justice Sanjay Kumar refused to accept a "so-called" compromise between the fathers of an accused and the victim-girl.

The matter was placed before the Bench after the sole accused sought regular bail in an FIR registered on July 2, 2019, at Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur district for kidnapping and another offence under Sections 363 and 366A of the IPC. The Bench was told that rape under Section 376 of the IPC and other offences under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act were added later.

Appearing before the Bench, the petitioner's counsel claimed that an amicable settlement had been arrived at by his father and the victim-girl's father. In the light of the compromise recorded on November 27, 2019, he should be shown indulgence and granted bail.

Justice Kumar asserted the victim-girl was stated to be about 13-14 years. She was found in the petitioner's custody on July 6, 2019, after she went missing on June 30, 2019. According to the petitioner, he had friendly relations with the victim-girl, but her family did not like it.

Justice Kumar observed there was no question of the petitioner claiming consensual relationship with the girl, given her tender age. "Sexual offences against minors and more particularly girls of very young age such as the victim-girl in this case, are on the rise and cannot be condoned even if the families of such unfortunate children seek to settle the matter, be it for whatever reason," Justice Kumar ruled.

Dismissing the bail plea, Justice Kumar further observed such offences constituted serious aberrations in society with devastating consequences for the gullible, tender-aged victims and the state was bound to prosecute these cases so as to send out a strong signal to such wrong-doers. "This court is, therefore, not inclined to accept the so-called compromise," he said.



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