BY MEGHA GOSWAMI
NEW DELHI :
The Law ministry has proposed the setting up of ‘special’ fast track courts across the nation for trying rape cases. This step is being seen as a larger scheme for strengthening infrastructure for having better investigation into the cases.
The Department of Justice in the ministry has also prepared a draft scheme for setting up of these special courts. The department informed the Cabinet Secretary that the draft for the courts is ready on June 14. It is now awaiting the approval by the Law Ministry.
The proposal is also a part of an ordinance for allowing courts to award death penalty to persons convicted of raping kids who are of age up to 12 years. The proposal is also expected to come before the Cabinet.
The government had also issued an ordinance for stringent punishment, even including death, for people who are accused of raping minor kids up to the age of 12 years. This ordinance came into light after a protest across the nation over the rising sexual assault cases on minors. Among these cases, the rape case of kathua, Surat, and Unnao drew maximum protests.
These new fast track courts will be dealing with such rape cases and a special forensic kit will also be provided to all the police stations as well as hospitals for handling these sensitive cases.
Fast track courts will also be an effective measure for speedy investigation as well as trials in rape cases. As per an official, the deadline set for these courts would be two months in all the trial cases. Moreover, a six-month time limit for disposals of appeals in these rape cases has also been prescribed.