Pocso lawyer scores century, sends 100 to jail in four years | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: It is a century that she is each completely satisfied and unhappy about. Happy that she helped put behind bars males who have been held responsible of sexually abusing and preying on kids and unhappy that the tribe of such males has solely grown since she turned a particular public prosecutor.
Geeta Sharma, a particular PP since July 2017 for courts attempting circumstances beneath Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso), nailed her hundredth conviction on Thursday on the session court docket in south Mumbai. She has been a prosecutor for greater than 200 circumstances, she says. Since final March when the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown started, she secured 33 convictions in her circumstances. Her tally consists of 18 convictions with life imprisonments, four with a 20-yr jail sentence, 16 the convict obtained sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment.
Thursday’s conviction was for an offence of kidnapping with accused acquitted of sexual assault and rape cost. The sufferer was a younger lady, barely 15-years-old, who had befriended the 19-yr-previous accused on social media. The circumstances of youngsters as victims and the accused in their early 20s are abound in courts. They simply kind a 3rd of all circumstances, says Sharma.
Some of the opposite SPPs for Pocso circumstances on the classes court docket in Fort concur that circumstances of ‘runaway marriages’ make a good portion of circumstances and the opposite class typically is of youthful kids abused by individuals they know or are acquainted with.
The circumstances that shock even essentially the most prolific prosecutors are those the place victims are nonetheless toddlers or pre-schoolers. “Neighbours and relatives as accused are on the rise. 90% of the time in Pocso cases, accused are ‘known’ persons, of these 50% are relatives or neighbours and 25-30% are boyfriend-girlfriend cases,” Sharma stated. “If age of consent is amended and introduced down to 16, the case load would drop by 25%,’’ she says.
“When I see their small faces as we discuss in regards to the incident, generally it’s disturbing. I do get indignant. I write poetry and tales to let off some steam,’’ says Sharma, who herself began as a younger mom and has three kids.

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