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Need fast-track courts: CM

CM writes to HC chief justice, has also sought appointment with home minister for fool-proof law and order situation. HT writes.

delhi Updated: Dec 19, 2012 00:33 IST
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Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has written to the Chief Justice of the Delhi high court, Darmar Murugesan, requesting him to set up five special fast-track courts to deal with rape cases. The move comes a day after the brutal rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapist inside a moving bus during evening rush hours in south Delhi.

The Delhi Cabinet had in September this year cleared a proposal to set up fast-track courts to deal with the cases of sexual assault on women. These were to provide speedy justice to victims and to convict the guilty.

"Law and order is not a state subject but the department of law and justice is. So we are trying to provide all kinds of support to rape victims. I have written to the chief justice of the Delhi high court to fast-track Sunday's gangrape case. There should be fast-track courts for all such cases. Punishment is the only deterrent for such criminals," the chief minister told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.

"The incident is painful, absolutely shocking. We have had debates on these issues in the Assembly in the past. I keep meeting senior police officers, who usually show me comparative crime statistics that don't look so alarming.

Then, something like this takes place and it is such a shame," she said

Speaking on the low conviction rate in rape cases, Dikshit said, "It is very frustrating when cases fall in court. I hear some accused even manage to get bail in such heinous cases. It is simply not acceptable. I have requested the chief justice to make such cases strictly non-bailable."

Dikshit also said she had also sought an appointment with the Union home minister to seek his immediate intervention in ensuring a fool-proof law and order situation in Delhi and stop such incidents.

Kejriwal demands justice for victim

Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday threatened to hit agitate on roads if justice to the gangrape victim wasn’t delivered within a month. "This heinous crime is directly linked to the honour of the women of our house. There cannot be any compromise. If there is no justice for the rape victim within a month, then AAP will hit the road against the government," said an AAP statement.