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Special police stations for women, more fast-track courts, suggests Cabinet

Kejriwal said that a special team will be formed under Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to prepare a list of pending rape trials in various courts in Delhi.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: October 20, 2015 9:14:49 am
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi on Friday.Deputy CM Manish Sisodia is also seen. (PTI Photo) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference at Delhi Secretariat in New Delhi on Friday. (file Photo)

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said his Cabinet had decided to take several measures to ensure safety of women and effectively deal with crimes against women and children. These include setting up of special police stations for cases that do not get adequate response from local police stations.

“Since the Code for Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and Indian Penal Code (IPC) are subjects in the Concurrent List of the Constitution, over which the Delhi government has executive powers, the group of ministers (GoM) will examine and submit a report on whether the government can set up special police stations to register and investigate crimes against women,” said Kejriwal. He said these will not work as parallel police stations.

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The Cabinet Monday set up a GoM under Deputy Chief Minister and Law Minister Manish Sisodia and Home Minister Satyendar Jain. Among other measures, the GoM will examine if the investigating officer or forensic team can be held accountable for delays in investigation and filing of chargesheet.

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The chief minister also directed the home and law departments to prepare a list of rape cases pending in various city courts and prepare a strategy to fast-track these cases in consultation with the chief justice of the Delhi High Court.

“Five fast-track courts were set up but they have been clogged. We have the political will. The government is prepared to allocate whatever funds are required to increase the number of courts, judges and infrastructure,” said Kejriwal.

 

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