In another first, Hyderabad to have special court for kids

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In a season of ‘firsts’ for Hyderabad, the city is going to have a special court for children. It will be set up under the city police’s support centre for women and children known as Bharosa.

Launched on May 7, 2016, the centre seeks to provide support to victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse of children. Since its inception, according to police records, Bharosa has dealt with nearly 3,000 cases.

Since offences against women and children have been rising alarmingly in recent times, a dedicated court to try these cases will be of great help to the victims. Moreover, speedy trial of cases means speedy justice.

“The Hyderabad High Court has accepted the proposal for permitting the designated court for offences to be tried under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act at the Bharosa centre for speedy disposal of child sexual abuse cases,” according to Additional Commissioner of Police (Crimes and SIT) Swati Lakra. She assured the court would follow child-friendly practices.

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