HC raises alarm over fake POCSO cases; asks cops, court to stay vigilant

Kerala HC
Kerala High Court. Photo: Manorama

Kochi: Observing the rise in fake cases, the Kerala High Court urged the police and courts to ensure that people are not misusing the provisions of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso Act) for settling their personal scores.The court's observations came while handling a case under the act.

It pointed out the provisions of this Act are being misused when there is a rivalry between people, especially when minors are involved, and more during cases of matrimonial disputes. In such disputes, the Court said the minors are used to make allegations to ensure the father does not get custody of the child.

"Thus, chagrined and frustrated litigants should not be allowed to give vent to their frustration, by cheaply misusing the provisions of penal law. Therefore, the police officers and courts should always be vigilant, while addressing the allegations, so as to separate the husk from the grist,” said the court.
(With IANS inputs)

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