24,000 rape, sexual assault cases pending before SC, HCs: Ashwani

Over 24,000 cases related to rape and sexual harassment are pending in the Supreme Court and various High Courts of the country, with Uttar Pradesh leading the tally with 8,215 cases.

Giving this information in the Rajya Sabha, Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Monday said the Centre has requested the Chief Justices of the 21 High Courts to set up fast-track courts for speedy trial of pending rape cases in district and subordinate courts with high pendency.

According to the Law Ministry statement, out of a total of 24,127 cases, 335 were pending in the Supreme Court as on February 28. Amongst the High Courts, 8,215 cases were pending in the Allahabad High Court as on September 30, 2012 while 3,758 cases were pending in Madhya Pradesh High Court, 2,717 in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, 1,533 in Chhattisgarh, 1,080 in Orissa, 1,164 in Rajasthan, 1,009 in Bombay High Court and 924 in Delhi High Court.

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