First State in South India to get Children’s Court

Becoming first in South India, Telangana Government opened a children’s court in the premises of Metropolitan Criminal Courts, Nampally.

The special court was jointly inaugurated by acting HC Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and TS Director General of Police (DGP) Anurag Sharma on Wednesday. The session was presided by T Rajani, Metropolitan Sessions Judge, and Dr Soumya Misra, Inspector General of Police (IG), Crime Investigation Department.

“When compared to our existing court halls where children get intimidated easily and do not testify properly, the children’s court is far better in providing a congenial environment”, said Judge T Rajani.

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After Goa and Delhi, Telangana becomes third state to get a child friendly court. It has features like separate waiting room, video camera trail for accused for Protection Of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO)

“This is for the first time in South India and the sixth court in the country to be child friendly. At present, there are over 1640 cases under POCSO Act that were pending at various stages in different district courts of Telangana till 2015” she added.

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“The child-friendly space for recording the witness and testimony of the child will aid in improving the conviction rates for the crimes against children.” The DGP of Telangana Anurag Sharma said

Soumya Misra, IG, CID said the day as a ‘golden letter day’ in the history of Telangana Judiciary, and on behalf of DGP she instructed all the police force to take any victim under POCSO case to children’s court.