Based on data col­lected for 2012-15, it was re­vealed that out of 386 cases dis­posed of in Delhi and Mum­bai, 24% ended in con­vic­tion and 78% were ac­quit­tals

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un­der var­i­ous laws, ad­vo­cate Soumya Bhau­mik pre­sented the Ker­ala data as a case study based on a scru­tiny of dis­trict court judge­ments.

“One of the ma­jor rea­sons for ac­quit­tal has been the fact that the ac­cused has mar­ried the vic­tim girl af­ter reg­is­tra­tion of of­fence. Half of the vic­tim girls were of the age group of 17 years. Fig­ures also show that those who were be­low 15 at the time of of­fence have also mar­ried the ac­cused. This projects a wor­ri­some sce­nario as it is pos­si­ble that they may have mar­ried as mi­nors and that is a vi­o­la­tion of the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Child Mar­riage Act 2006,” Bhau­mik pointed. “The other ma­jor con­cern is that af­ter the reg­is­tra­tion of crime there is con­sid­er­able de­lay in the com- mence­ment of trial, and it is in this in­ter­ven­ing pe­riod that mar­riages have hap­pened (al­leged ac­cused have been re­leased on bail),” he added.

Shar­ing case stud­ies, Bhau­mik said, “It is recorded in one of the judg­ment that ac­cused mar­ried the vic­tim girl af­ter she at­tained ma­jor­ity and they have chil­dren also. In an­other case, ac­cused who hap­pened to be vic­tim girl’s step­brother is now hus­band of the vic­tim girl.” He added there was a need to fol­low-up on these cases to es­tab­lish cou­ples are lead­ing a happy mar­ried life or there are cases where the ac­cused per­son who mar­ried the sur­vivor has aban­doned the vic­tim girl.

An­other study on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Pocso in Delhi and Mum­bai, steered by HAQ:

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