Additional Sessions Judge has jurisdiction to award compensation under POCSO, holds Chhattisgarh High Court

The Chhattisgarh High Court has noted that an Additional Sessions Judge trying cases under the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 would have the same power as a Special Judge to award compensation to a child victim of sexual offences. The Court placed reliance on Section 33(8) of the POCSO which confers power on the Special Judge to direct payment of compensation to the victim for rehabilitation or the mental trauma caused.

State of Chattisgarh v. Dilip Verma and Anr., Cr.M.P.No.528 of 2017 [High Court of Chhattisgarh]