Yadadri victims’ statements to be recorded by Bharosa centre

Consenting to the request of Rachakonda police for some more time to ascertain facts in Yadadri child prostitution racket, the Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday directed the magistrate of the court for children in Bharosa Centre of Hyderabad police to record statements of victims in the case.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice S.V. Bhatt also instructed that recording of the statements of the Yadadri victims racket should be video-graphed. The bench was hearing a PIL on brothel operators forcing children into prostitution in Yadadri.

Responding to the suggestion of the counsel for Prajwala (a Home where some victims were presently accommodated), the bench said the magistrate shall constitute a group of three women lawyers who can accompany the victims when the latter testify before the magistrate.

The bench said the magistrate should complete the testifying process as top priority and the HC should be informed on its completion.

The bench recorded the report of the Special Government Pleader S. Sharath Kumar that girls in the age group of 2-15 years hailing from different backgrounds became victims in Yadadri racket.

While DNA fingerprinting tests were completed for identification of their parents, medical examinations as per the HC order were going on, the SGP said.

Certain scientific material relating to the victims were deposited with the First Additional Sessions Judge of Bhongir, the SGP said. The government sought some time to correlate these reports with the medical examination findings, he told the bench.

Homes for kids

Hearing another PIL on Homes for Children, the bench directed the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States to file affidavits as to how many Homes operating in their jurisdictions had licenses.

This query was raised after senior lawyer Prakash Reddy, who was appointed
amicus curiae
in the case, told the bench that all was not well with the Homes in the two States and many of them had no license from the government.

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