Amid growing demand for stricter punishment for offences against women, the Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a PIL for setting-up fast-track courts all over the country for speedy trial of rape cases.
The PIL, filed by retired IAS officer Promilla Shankar, also seeks suspension of MPs and MLAs who have been chargesheeted for crime against women.
Meanwhile, another bench of Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued notices to the Centre and all the states on another PIL seeking security measures for women.
Filed by advocate Mukul Kumar the PIL seeks creation of women police stations in every town to investigate complaints of rape and sexual assault against women and implementation of UN convention on elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
"In spite of international agreements, the denial of women's basic human rights is persistent and widespread. As per a study, conducted by the Centre for Social Research, 18 women were tortured every hour in some way or the other across the country," the petition said.
In her PIL, Promilla said no effort was being made for effective implementation of existing laws for safety of women.
"Punitive actions are being taken only after incidents are reported by media, but no reformatory or systematic improvements are being made ... People are getting frustrated by absence of deterrent effect of law on criminals and innocent people are suffering due to misuse of police power."