26 September Tuesday

Survivors Shall Not Be Harassed; Trials Must Be Kept Respectful: Supreme Court

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Friday Aug 12, 2022

New Delhi : Line of questioning during cross-examination must be respectful and not one that of harassing victims of rape, said Supreme Court, adding that, cross-examination should preferably be completed in one sitting. The observation was spelt by Bench comprising  Justices DY Chandrachud and JB Pardiwala.

The trial court must be mindful of the trauma, the victims are in, post thier  assaults. The courts must ensure trials  conducted has its secrecy. Secrecy during trials should be ensured. The courts should  also make sure the  victims are not seen during while taking stand. . If need be, the culprit might be asked to step out of the courtroom when the victim testifies, the  apex court advised. Also,  the defense must be restrained from asking oppressive, scandalous or humiliating questions during cross-examination, the Bench added.

The apex court remarks came with its ruling ordering investigation into a sexual assault case  involving Vice Chairman of a company headquartered in Gwalior, Uttar Pradesh