Delhi High Court takes suo motu cognisance of sexual assault on 3-year-old in South Delhi school

The Court ordered the Education department and the Delhi Police to file an action report in the matter.

The Delhi High Court has taken suo motu cognisance of the sexual assault on a three-year-old child allegedly by a cleaner in a school in South Delhi and directed the Education Department as well as Delhi Police to file an action taken report.

In an order passed on Tuesday, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Saurabh Banerjee said that the report shall be filed in two weeks and the name and identity of the minor victim be masked.

The cognisance was taken after Justice Subramonium Prasad brought to the notice of the Court a news report published in The Times of India.

“Mr. Santosh Tripathi, while filing the status report, will mask the name of the girl child as well as the names of the parents of the girl child, and shall undertake all necessary measures to protect the identity and right to privacy of the girl child. He shall take care that the media acts in compliance with the statutory provisions as contained in Section 23 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act), 2012,” the Court ordered.

According to The Times of of India report, the accused Arjun Kumar was arrested by the Delhi Police. Section 376 (punishment for rape), 377 (unnatural offences) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offices Act have been invoked against him.

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