Fast-track courts on track

Chief Justice Altamas Kabir on Wednesday inaugurated a fast-track court to hear the gangrape and murder of the 23-year-old paramedical student. The CJI advocated speedy trial of the case related to the 16 December gangrape of the girl. He said a fast track court, particularly for trying sexual offences against women, was not only necessary but also welcome and the government has also ‘woken up’ to the need of fast-track courts for such cases.

The CJI justified the public reaction and said the offence could have been averted had the Supreme Court guidelines on removal of tinted glasses from the vehicles been followed.

‘It’s good to know that after the tragic incident, people have started raising their voice on crimes against women,’ he said, while expressing the hope that the fast track court at Saket district courts complex would be operational immediately.

‘If the Supreme Court directive to remove tinted glasses (from buses) was followed strictly, this may not have happened,’ he said.

He also said that blame game should be avoided and the case of the paramedic, which is in the ‘public eye’, should be decided quickly. ‘Blame game will not serve anything. We have to go to the root of the problem,’ he said. He also cautioned about the people’s reaction against sending the accused for trial and calling for handing them over to the public to be dealt with by saying that it is a ‘dangerous reaction.’

‘Let us deal with the matter in a manner in which we are able to do justice as early as possible. Let us show that the judiciary is behind the common man,’ he said.

This court in Saket is one of the four courts that have been set up to hear all cases related to crimes against women. This court, along with others at Dwarka, Rohini and Tis Hazari, will start functioning from Thursday onwards, the day on which Delhi Police is likely to file a chargesheet in the brutal gang rape case.

The paramedical student was gang raped by six men in a moving bus which passed various police check posts and the bus had tinted windows and curtains which were against the law.
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