March 4, 2016
Ahamed Hassan speaks on concern over increasing pendency of cases of crime against children at Rajya Sabha
Sir, jis tarah se yeh Sarkar Aligarh University mein garbar kar rahi hai, Aligarh University ke 5 centres ko bandh kar rahi hai, yeh Sarkar Children ke rights ka hanan kar rahi hai.
Sir, Today, I would like to draw the attention of the House towards the issue of mounting pendency of cases of crime against children in our country.
As in 2014, there were 1,25,000 cases pending for adjudication before courts in India. There has been a rise of 59 per cent in pending cases of crime against children since 2012; whereas, 74,400 cases were pending under various special and general laws. Similarly, since 2012, there has also been a steady spurt in crimes against children in the country, that is, in 2012, there were 38,172 cases registered with regard to crime against children, which has increased more than double in two years to 89,423 in 2014.
Sir, the menace of increasing crime and pendency of cases against children is primarily attributed to the delay in investigation of cases by the Police and adjudication of cases by the courts throughout the country. This twin-fold problem is not only affecting the development and a secure environment for children, but also negating the deterrent effect of enacting special laws for the protection of children in our country.
Sir, hence, I would request the Government to amend the special and general laws in the country to provide a speedy investigation and disposal of cases of crime against children by prescribing a time-bound investigation by the police and disposal of cases by the court in every offence committed against the children.