Court asks Himachal police to trace child molesters

Shimla: With judicial activism having pushed the police to act against a child molester on a complaint lodged seven months ago, the High Court today directed the police to constitute a special team for tracing accused persons in cases where children have been sexually assaulted.

Disposing of a petition by a mother of a two year child about alleged police inaction over an October 7, 2011 complaint alleging about a close relative having sexually assaulted the child; first bench of the court consisting of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary directed the police to take prompt action and book the accused at the earliest in such cases so that a strong deterrence goes to the society.

The petition had come before the court on 1st December and on the courts orders the investigating officer was changed.

A new investigating team headed by Bhagat Singh Thakur, ASP Bilaspur, arrested the accused on 8th March, who is in judicial custody.

While the investigators are ready to charge the accused in court, the High Court noted that had it not intervened in the case at an appropriate stage, the investigating officer, to whom the investigation was initially entrusted, would have submitted the untraced report, as it appeared from the progress of the investigation conducted by him.

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