Delhi High Court has directed the jail authorities to prepare a proper rehabilitation programme for a person convicted under POCSO Act.
The Single Bench of Justice Anu Malhotra has directed the Superintendent of Tihar to prepare an appropriate rehabilitation programme for the convict, by noting that 'the sentence acts as a deterrent and is simultaneously reformative with a prospect of rehabilitation.'
The direction has come in a criminal appeal wherein conviction under section 10 of POCSO and section 367 of the Indian Penal Code was challenged.
As per the prosecution's case, the accused had taken a child to his house in order to sexually molest him. He had asked the child to take his clothes off before he proceeded to commit an 'inappropriate act' with the said child. As the child started crying, the accused dressed him up and let him go.
While the court did not find any merit in the appeal to overturn the conviction ordered by the trial court, it relied upon the various judgements of the Supreme Court to emphasise upon the need to ensure reformation of the convict.
In light of the same, the court issued a direction to the jail Superintendent to prepare an appropriate reformation programme for the said convict. The said plan should include the following, if feasible:
In order to ensure compliance, the said Superintendent is directed to submit a bi-annual report to the court till the release of the convict.
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