The efforts of Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta, who took over the reins of the force at a time last year when the city was rocked by the brutal Dhaula Kuan gangrape case, seems to have succeeded in making an impact on the judiciary.
More than eight months later, the Delhi high court has consented to the commissioner’s request and directed judges presiding over the eight district courts active in the Capital to fast track proceedings in all gangrape cases under trial.
As the Hindustan Times had reported on December 5, the Delhi Police, in a written intimation to the high court, had requested that the five Mewati perpetrators of the ruthless sexual assault case which saw the abduction and subsequent gangrape of a 30-year-old BPO employee from Dhaula Kuan on November 24, be heard by a fast track court.
“We had written to the Delhi high court soon after the (Dhaula Kuan) incident and just a few months later, encouragingly, we received a written intimation from the Chief Justice of India’s office to the effect that all such cases would be tried by fast track courts,” Commissioner Gupta told Hindustan Times.
A copy of the said written intimation despatched on March 17 from the office of the Registrar General, which is in possession of HT, states that ‘…Hon’ble the Chief Justice of and Judges of this Court have been pleased to order that directions be issued to all the judicial officers that all gangrape cases be fast-tracked.’
After having received the said directions, sources said the Delhi Police had already compiled a list of at least 100 cases of sexual assault, perpetrated both by a single or multiple assailants, and was in the process of compiling them before forwarding the data to the district-cum-sessions judges at city courts.
“At the moment, these directions have been issued only for the Capital but will soon be implemented at courts across the country,” said an officer.