The state government has urged Bombay High Court to constitute 25 fast-track courts to hear cases of atrocities against women.
It wants HC to set up three such courts each in Thane,Pune and Nagpur,two in Nashik and one each in 14 other districts,including Mumbai,Aurangabad,Jalgaon and Bhandara.
In a letter sent to HC on April 2,joint secretary (law and judiciary) S S Shinde said the home department,in a communication of March 22,had sought fast-track courts in various districts.
It said such fast-track courts should be set up expeditiously in the wake of the Delhi gang rape. CM Prtihviraj Chavan had,at a meeting at his residence Varsha on December 24,2012,decided to make 25 of the 39 fast-track courts in the state available for cases of atrocities against women,the letter said.
In a government resolution to continue fast-track courts for five years from March 2011,it was stated that districts with a high number of pending cases of atrocities against women must commit to fast-track courts,it said.
The government has urged HC to direct courts constituted to hear cases of crimes against women to not to hear any other cases. A special womens court,presided over by a woman judge with all-woman staff,was set up in Mumbai City civil and sessions court on March 8.