Victims’ verdict is in: Country’s first all-women courts offer hope

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Sikha Das, the bench clerk in the additional district and sessions court, echoes that sentiment.

"In the three decades I have worked here, I have seen how a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence hesitates and feels scared to narrate the torture she has undergone in the presence of male court staff and the judge," said Das.

"I have seen how victims break down while responding to the shrill cross-questions of opponent lawyers. But now things are different, the victims feel more comfortable."

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