Sexual offences: Mechanism for speedy hearing soon, says SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would be shortly evolving a mechanism for the speedy hearing of cases of sexual and other criminal offences against women.

"We are contemplating to evolve a mechanism for speedy hearing of cases relating to sexual offences against women within a week," said a Bench led by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir when a plea for an early hearing into a 1996 gangrape case was mentioned before it.

The Suryanelli rape case involves gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl continuously for 40 days by 42 men in 1996.

The girl from Suryanelli in Kerala's Idukki district was abducted in January 1996 and was transported from place to place across Kerala and raped.

On September 6, 2000, the special court had sentenced 35 persons to rigorous imprisonment for varying terms.

The Kerala High Court, however, acquitted all 35 convicts and found only one of them guilty of crimes related to sex trade and sentenced him to five-years in jail and a fine of Rs 50,000.

Later, the girl's family and the state moved the Supreme Court in 2005 against the Kerala High Court's verdict.

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