In a month's time the Fatehabad fast track court disposed of nearly one case per day pertaining to crimes against women. The court of additional district judge LN Jindal has served punishment in 25 out of the 29 cases of rape, outraging the modesty of women and eve-teasing.
Following the Delhi gangrape, cases related to crimes against women were handed over to a single judge in the state on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court on January 21.
Jindal disposed of a case in a record time of 11 days. In this case, one Babloo, 21, from Allalwas under Fatehabad, was booked by the police for eloping with a minor girl on January 13. Police traced the accused, along with the victim on January 15 and arrested Babloo; the victim alleged that she was forced to run away with him. Upon medical examination, the victim was found pregnant. Charges against Babloo were framed on February 4 and on February 15, the court pronounced the accused guilty and awarded life imprisonment.
In the acquittal, Sunder Kumar, 25, was booked for rape on January 5, from a village in Fatehabad. He had eloped with a minor girl. The girl initially maintained that Kumar had forced her to go with him, but later retracted in court, which led to his acquittal on February 22.
On Saturday, convicting a rape accused identified as MP (who goes by this name) from Mohammadpur Rohi village, as guilty of raping a minor girl, the court awarded him seven years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 15,000.
Another 27 cases of crimes against women are pending before the court of the ADJ.