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SC cautions courts on bails for accused in flesh trade cases

delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2009 15:26 IST

The Supreme Court has deplored the practice of courts casually granting bails to persons accused of heinous offences like coercing minor girls into prostitution racket.

"It is unfortunate that the investigating officers and the courts ordinarily fail to bear in mind a distinction between the rescued children including girls, on the one hand, and the persons who have been organising such immoral traffic in a systematic manner and have otherwise been aiding and abetting the commission of offences thereunder.

"The Legislature as also the Executive have failed to draw a well-thought out plan for rehabilitation of the rescued children in the society by bringing in suitable legislations or schemes," the apex court observed.

A bench of Justices S B Sinha and Cyriac Joseph passed the observation while dealing with an appeal filed by an NGO Guria Swayam Sevi Sansthan questioning the bail granted by the Allahabad High Court to Sheik Mohammed, charged with luring minor girls into a prostitution racked in Varanasi.

The bail was granted on the ground that sufficient material was not produced by the investigating agency to establish the involvement of the accused.