New Delhi: The Tis Hazari Court on Thursday has directed the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) to make extra efforts in curbing crimes against children and women.

Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann asked the two statutory bodies to check the efficacy of the criminal justice system in curbing crimes against children and women and make extra efforts to safeguard their interests.

The court has also expressed a deep concern regarding a case in which pimps were acquitted of forcing a minor girl into flesh trade due to lack of evidence.

“It is high time that the various statutory authorities constituted to protect the rights of minor girls and children against sexual exploitation do a reality check about the success rate of criminal prosecutions for sexual abuse and exploitation of minor girls. They should identify the cause for failure of prosecution and take effective steps within their jurisdiction,” she said.

She also directed that a copy of this judgment be sent to the chairpersons of Delhi Commission for Women and the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights for follow-up actions.

The court’s observations came after its verdict that let off Khanpur resident Irfan, accused of selling a minor girl for the purpose of prostitution. The court had to acquit him due to the prosecution’s failure to produce the victim and her husband before it.
The court said Kamla Market police station SHO probed into the case conceded in the open court that she did not have any inkling on the whereabouts of the victim and her husband.

In this case, Irfan had lured the minor victim and her husband from Bihar to Delhi on the pretext of getting them lucrative jobs. On August 18, 2009, he introduced the girl to a man for selling her for prostitution. The victim, however, got apprehensive and escaped from Irfan’s clutches and informed a policeman about it.