On last Thursday at Chennai(Madras)
High court, division bench headed by Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice S.
Baskaran, were disheartened and appalled by the number of cases increasing in a
similar pattern. All the four cases
which had come for hearing, were about elopement of minor girls with aged,
married men and they were dismayed by the increase in number day by day.
This was reported, when the mother of
a minor girl moved a habeas corpus plea for her daughter to be brought to the
court as her whereabouts are unknown. On June 13th this year, the
said girl had eloped with a married man aged 45 years, who were nabbed by the
police three days later and the man was sent to judicial custody on kidnapping
charges and the girl came into home fold. He was released on bail later. But
now, since the girl has again eloped again she set the plea in motion. Hearing
her case, the court decided to seek immediate remedies from the State and
police force, parents, teachers so that in future such incidents don’t occur
and the next hearing of this case is on November 8th, 2018.
In the findings that day, they have
sought State’s co-operation in conducting various counselling programmes for
children and parents. Impleading the DGP as party respondent, the sitting bench
directed the State to file a report on the number of such cases registered in
the past 10 years, conviction rate, steps taken to prevent such incidents,
records of serial offenders, whether they were booked under POCSO ACT 2012 and
lastly suggested the State to form a separate wing to deal with such cases.
For the parents and teachers, the
justices reiterated that, since the girls are minors, at a gullible and
innocent age, that if anyone lures them with kind words and sweet promises they
tend to get carried away and little knowing the after effects of their actions,
they tend to fall prey to men who are targeting young girls. Sometimes worst
experiences happening at that age can cause lifelong, unforgettable scars and
make them emotional wrecks. It’s for the
parents to have good communication with their children so that they can avoid
such mishaps. Next, as Teachers tend to spend more time with students and the
parents can seek the teachers help to speak and make them understand the
problems they face at that age owing to sensitive issues, physiological changes
which are quite normal for teenagers.
Girls at a young impressionable age
when they find someone outside, who addresses their emptiness, misgivings, lack
of love and affection, caring at home, they tend to get wooed and fall prey to
such men who are just waiting to take advantage of them. Teenage is a very
testing phase in anyone’s life that with only parental guidance, extra
patience, tolerance, love and care this phase of the children’s can be handled
as they are in their own quest for answers to the innumerable questions that
raise in them apart from education, peer pressures socially. Lets’ save our
daughters for the future of our society.
The writer is an advocate based at
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