However, with change gradually washing over our society's misogynist attitudes, and the recent months seeing a spate of cases where women were brutalised in the most inhuman manner, cases of crime against women are being tried on priority. There are demands for daily hearings to be made mandatory in such cases, so that the verdict not only satisfies the ravaged soul of the victim but also serves as a deterrent.
Such demands gain strength as the media senses the public mood and even amplifies it.
Amid all this, there are calls for a judicious assessment of cases, and for a fair look at how effective such quick-fire justice can be. By examining three sets of courts at the district level in the region, HT attempts to put the matter into perspective.