17 special POCSO courts inaugurated in Kerala; Starts functioning from July 1

South India

Seventeen special POCSO courts were inagurated in Kerala on Tuesday, as part of the first phase of setting up 28 such courts in the state.


Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court S Manikumar jointly inaugurated the courts online.

The new POCSO courts will help in the conviction of individuals arrested in the massive crackdown by Cyberdome 'Operation P Hunt'.

As per the report, the courts will start functioning from July 1. Nine more courts are to be set up in the State.

According to the official release, this is part of the first phase of the 28 special POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offence) courts to be set up by the state government.

As per the report, there are 7,600 POCSO cases and 6,700 rape cases pending till March 31.

"Social, cultural and economic factors are behind the attack on children. We are trying to ensure a comprehensive solution to this menace. Recently, Kerala police nabbed 89 people, including a doctor, for online crimes against children," CM Vijayan said in a release.

He said the police operation revealed that children are facing insecurity in their homes. He added that the assistance of Interpol would be sought to solve such crimes.

With inputs from Agency

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