A series of shocking judgments are proof that India still has a long way to go before it can be recognised as a gender sensitive State, or judiciary for that matter. Indian courts continue to use language and reasons in their orders that diminish the offence and trivialise the victim’s experience
The Delhi High Court set aside the order of the District Victim Compensation Committee, rejecting the grant of interim compensation under the Victim Compensation Scheme and directed the DSLSA to reconsider the petitioner’s claim for interim compensation under the period of one week.
The Apex Court has directed that Each High Court should, with the help of relevant experts, formulate a module on judicial sensitivity to sexual offences, to be tested in the Judicial Services Examination.
The Delhi HChas granted pre-arrest bail to a man charged with rape, including other offences under the IPC and the SC/ST Act, while stating that non-bailable warrants against him would not divest the power of the Court to grant anticipatory bail under Section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The Bombay High Court yesterday refused to release prisoners convicted under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on emergency parole, being allowed to decongest prisons in the time of the pandemic.