The Delhi High Court has taken “suo motu” notice of a case of alleged “sexual assault” of a three-year-old girl by a “cleaner” in a South Delhi school, as reported by an English newspaper.
A division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Saurabh Banerjee, in its August 8 order, directed that the matter be listed as a suo motu PIL.
The bench took cognizance of the case after a single judge the HC brought to the bench’s notice a news report published in The Times of India, the order states.
The bench further said, “Mr Santosh Tripathi, learned counsel appearing on behalf of Government of NCT of Delhi, accepts notice on behalf of GNCTD, including the education department. Let a status report be filed positively within two weeks from today in respect of action taken in the matter by the Delhi Police as well as by the Education Department, GNCTD.”
The HC further said that while filing the status report, the Delhi government counsel 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 bench added.