The AAP government is all set to open more fast track courts in the capital to deal with cases of crimes against women.
Ten more fast track courts will be opened in Saket, Dwarka, Patiala, Karkardooma, Rohini and Tis Hazari court premises. These courts will start functioning in the next four-five months, sources said, adding that the government plans to open 20 such courts within a year.
“It is an experiment. More fast track courts will mean cases will be cleared in a time-bound manner, especially those related to crimes against women and government cases,” an official said.
Sources, however, said it was unclear whether the new courts would only deal with cases on crimes against women.
The AAP, in its manifesto, had said it often takes up to 15-20 years to deliver justice in a case. “Criminals who commit heinous crimes remain unpunished for years. The AAP promises new courts… We will ensure that we have enough courts to go through all cases within six months…,” the manifesto stated.
After the December 16 gangrape, then 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. Two are located at the Tis Hazari complex — one for cases from West Delhi, the other from Central and North Delhi. There is a fast track court each in the court complexes at Rohini (for Northwest and Outer Delhi); Saket (for South and Southeast Delhi); Dwarka (for Southwest Delhi) and Karkardooma (for East Delhi).
Within weeks of their creation, the six fast track courts were grappling with approximately 500 cases, including 60 of gangrape.