‘More fast track courts needed to tackle crimes against women’
He said the subject of increasing fast track courts would be discussed with the Chief Justice of the Delhi high court, and that his government would provide all help to make the courts a reality.
“The government is prepared to allocate funds to increase the number of fast track courts,” he said. “We will take help from the Chief Justice of Delhi.
“We will need to set up many more courts. We need to speed up the legal process... We have the political will. Whatever funds and staff are needed for this, we will provide,” he said.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader said one reason why attacks on women, rapes in particular, were on the rise in Delhi was because criminals had no fear of the law.
“I don’t think all the bad people live only in Delhi, and that people living in places like Kolkata, New York, London or Varanasi are saints. It is just that the fear of law is not there in Delhi.”
It is pertinent to mention that the AAP government had promised to open at least 10 more fast track courts in 23 March, 2015, and said that these courts will start functioning in the next four-five months.
After the December 16 gang-rape, former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had requested the Chief Justice of the Delhi high court to set up fast track courts for speedy trails in cases related to crimes against women.
Six fast track courts were set up after the incident. Among them two are located at the Tis Hazari complex- one for cases from West Delhi, the other from Central and North Delhi. There are also fast track courts in the court complexes at Rohini( for North-West and Outer Delhi); Saket ( for South and South-east Delhi; Dwarka (for South-west Delhi) and Karkardooma (for East Delhi).
Kejriwal’s comments came a day after he again demanded control over Delhi Police, which now reports to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the Central Home ministry and not to his government.