Delay in disposing rape cases might be responsible for rise in crimes against women: CJI

CJI Kabir

The brutal gangrape and murder of Delhi girl has shaken the conscience of the nation, said Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir today while asking all high courts to set up fast track courts to deal exclusively with offences against women.

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The delay in disposing such cases might be one of the factors for rise in crimes against women, said CJI Kabir in a letter to all the chief justices of high courts, and added that the time has come to deal expeditiously with such cases.

The CJI said the high court chief justices should get in touch with the state governments for appointment of judicial officers but in the meantime some court should be designated as fast-track courts to exclusively deal with offences against women.

"I feel that steps should be taken immediately to set up ast track courts to deal exclusively with cases of offences against women.

"In this regard, you may identify the number of requisite posts required to be created at the level of sessions judges as well as magistrates and, thereafter, the matter may be taken up with the state governments/union territory concerned, with promptitude, to increase the number of posts, not only of judicial officers but also of support staffs and infrastructure.

"In the meanwhile, you may take a decision to set up fast track courts to be manned by existing judicial officers so that they become functional without any delay. I am sure that, judging by the present day scenario, the state governments will not decline the genuine demand of judiciary," said the CJI in his one-page letter.

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