Twelve fast-track courts have started functioning in the jurisdiction of 11 Haryana revenue districts, exclusively for the speedy trials of heinous crimes against women.
Information gathered by Hindustan Times on Wednesday revealed that district courts of Ambala, Bhiwani, Fatehabad, Gurgaon, Hisar, Jhajjar, Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak and Sonepat have got one court each, while Faridabad district court has two - one at Faridabad and another at Palwal.
“These courts would take up cases of rape and dowry deaths only,” confirmed an official from the office of Karnal district and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg.
He said judges of these courts would not deal with other criminal cases, which would help them hear cases on day-to-day basis and complete trial speedily.
The move comes in the wake of orders issued by the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court on January 11 to establish special courts for speedy trials in cases of crime against women.
The exclusive courts would be established at those district courts where the number of rape and dowry death cases is more than 40. The courts where the number is more than 100 (like in Faridabad district court) two courts would be established.
Police said the initiative would enable investigating authorities to file challan in a given time and help in administering justice to the victims.
“It is often seen that the victims turn hostile due to long legal proceedings, threats and social pressures. This initiative will help in completing trials quickly. It will also raise conviction rates in crimes against women and can act as a deterrent to others,” said a senior police official on the condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, no fast-track court has been designated in the district courts of Kurukshetra, Panchkula, Jind, Kaithal, Narnaul, Rewari, Sirsa and Yamunanagar as they had less than 40 cases of rape and dowry deaths.