Readers only offer: Get additional Rs 200 off on 'The Better Home' powerful natural cleaners. Shop Now
X
Karnataka Gets Its First Specially-Designed Child-Friendly Court in Bengaluru!

Karnataka Gets Its First Specially-Designed Child-Friendly Court in Bengaluru!

The specially-designed court has two halls, separated by a one-way glass shield, where the child will be insulated from seeing the accused.

Promotion
Ad Banner

In a move towards making courtroom deposition less traumatic for child-victims, the Karnataka High Court set up an exclusive child-friendly courtroom in Bengaluru on Saturday, at the City Civil Court premises near the Mysore Bank circle. It will handle cases regarding sexual offences committed against minors.

This is the first time in Karnataka that a child-friendly court complying with the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) has been set up.

The specially-designed court has two halls, separated by a one-way glass shield, where the child will be insulated from seeing the accused.

Karnataka High Court. Source: Wikimedia.

This glass barrier has been placed with the intention of preventing the child from being manipulated or frightened by the accused, reports TOI.

According to the POCSO act, the authorities must uphold the rights and dignity of children during the trial while ensuring fast-paced proceedings and procedural compliance in a child sensitive and non-threatening atmosphere.

The court also provides the facility of video-conferencing between the court hall and the waiting room, in case the child refuses to depose before the court, or if the family wants to witness the trial from the waiting room.

Promotion
Ad Banner

Along with an elevator reserved for judges, the victim-children and their relatives, the facility has been equipped with toys and storybooks for children belonging to all age groups. It also has a common waiting room.


You may also like: This Gritty Woman Started Her Crusade Against Child Sexual Abuse When She Was Just 10!


The initiative was spearheaded by the Karnataka High Court with a monetary support of ₹32 lakh from the department of women and child development, under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS). It also plans on having child-friendly courts in districts across the state in a phased manner.

Child-friendly courts have been already functioning in cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad.

Featured image inset source: Behind Woods.

Like this story? Or have something to share?
Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com
Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp!

Promotion
Ad Banner

Let’s be friends :)
Sign in to get free benefits
  • Get positive news daily on email
  • Join our community of positive ambassadors
  • Become a part of the positive movement
X
Before you go...

We have a favor to ask.

Our teams put in a lot of effort to create the content you love at The Better India.

In return, we would love it if you could help us spread the word about our new range of sustainable home cleaners: The Better Home