17 special POCSO courts inaugurated in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Seventeen special POCSO courts were inaugurated in Kerala on Tuesday, as part of the first phase of setting up 28 such courts in the state, the government said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court S. Manikumar jointly inaugurated the courts online.

"The courts will start functioning from July 1. Nine more courts are to be set up in the State. This is part of the first phase of the 28 special POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offence) courts to be set up by the state government," an official release said.

There are 7,600 POCSO cases and 6,700 rape cases pending till March 31, the release said.


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