Guwahati: The Gauhati High Court has taken up 100 cases related to rape and crime against women in five special single benches formed for the purpose.
The High Court, following a Supreme Court guideline to ensure completion of rape trials within two months, set up five special benches to expedite the judicial process.
The benches have been set up under Justices Hrishikesh Roy, N Kotiswar Singh, Ujjwal Bhuyan, Biplab Kumar Sharma and Indira Shah.
The session of the five special courts was held yesterday for the first time and it heard 98 cases out of the 100 cases listed.
At present, there are at least 196 rape cases pending at various stages in the Gauhati High Court.
Meanwhile, in an order issued by the Court, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge of the three districts of Kamrup, Nagaon and Dhubri have been directed to function as fast track courts for trying cases registered under Section 376 of IPC.
The Supreme Court had directed all High Courts to set up special courts to dispose off all pending cases related to rape and crimes against women without further delay.