[dropcap]T[/dropcap]HE Rajasthan High Court has directed subordinate courts and the state government to furnish details on the number of cases registered concerning crimes against women and children.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Dinesh Mehta passed an order last week while dealing with a plea filed by Ravi Saini. The Bench ordered that district judges should compile a list indicating the number of First Information Reports (FIRs) directed to be registered under Section 156 (3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure in relation to crimes against women and children.
Of particular interest in this matter would include cases involving crimes against women under Sections 376 (rape), 354 (assault on woman with intent to outrage modesty), 304 (culpable homicide), 304B (dowry death), and 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code, and for children under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
The bench also directed the Rajasthan Government to file an affidavit disclosing the number of FIRs against these offences registered independently without Court directions.
The Court has fixed four weeks time to furnish information concerning FIRs registered against these offences over a six month period from January 1 to June 20, 2019.
September 24 has been fixed for further hearing.