The accused in the gang rape of a 25-year-old management graduate at Hinjewadi last week will be tried in a fast track court, Home Minister R.R. Patil told the Assembly on Friday.
Lawyer Ujjwal Nikam has been appointed public prosecutor in the case.
Patil was replying to a non-official resolution moved by Bharatiya Janata Party legislator, Sudhakar Deshmukh, on rising incidents of crimes against women.
“We will write to the high court requesting it for more fast track courts for pending rape cases. The Pune rape case will be tried in such a court.’’
He said the state, to deter crimes against women, had proposed amendments to certain sections of the Indian Penal Code to increase punishment and submitted them to the Centre (See Box).
For Section 323 [voluntarily causing hurt], for instance, the Law and Judiciary department has proposed that the penalty of Rs 1,000 be deleted so that it becomes mandatory for the guilty to face imprisonment for a year.
He added that his department had also proposed to set up special district-level committees to monitor crimes against women. These committees will include women professionals like doctors and lawyers. The committees will meet every month to review cases.
Patil, speaking on policing in the state, said the Centre has assured another State Reserve Police Force battalion for Maharashtra.
This battalion with 1,000 jawans will be stationed in Kolhapur. He added that the state was looking to recruit 1,000 police sub-inspectors next year.
The home department is also planning to review the population and crime rates of every district to increase police presence.