The state has said it will ensure that judgements in rape cases and other crimes against women are delivered in six months.
Home Minister, R.R. Patil, said this in the Assembly on Tuesday while replying to a discussion on the increasing incidents of gang rape and crimes against women. The discussion was held in both the Houses of the Legislature.
“We will discuss with the high court and set up more courts, if required, only for crimes against women,’’ said Patil, who admitted to a conviction rate of just 10 to 12 per cent in rape cases.
The Opposition had slammed the government on Monday over the gang rape of a government employee on the Beed-Ahmednagar highway last week.
Patil announced the setting up of a committee under retired Juctice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari to study the laws on crimes against women and suggest amendments.
“The committee will include members from the Legislature, women government officials other representatives and, if required, their recommendations will be converted into a Bill and placed before the Legislature,’’ Patil said.
Patil’s deputy, Ramesh Bagwe, informed the Council that there were orders to the police to file such cases within seven days of the crime and to grant protection to the victim until the case is concluded.
Patil had, on Monday, said the Home Department will conduct a campaign against history sheeters, with instructions to police stations across the state to initiate externment orders against repeat offenders. “I will be given daily reports on the action taken by police across the state against such criminals,’’ he said.
Opposition legislators, including Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Eknath Khadse had alleged that criminals enjoyed political patronage. The culprits in both the Pune rape case and the Beed gang rape had a criminal record. A few of them involved in the Beed case had just been released from prison recently.
BJP legislator from Pune, Girish Bapat, said there were 21 rape cases in the Pune district in the last three months.
Patil also assured the House that Pune will get an additional strength of 1,500 policemen by next year.