Delhi govt for fast track courts for rape cases



New Delhi: Delhi Government has sought setting up of nine fast track designated courts exclusively to take up rape cases in the city so as to ensure speedy justice to the victims.

Women and Child Welfare Minister Kiran Walia, in a letter to Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice Babulal Chandulal Patel, urged him to set up one fast track court in each of the nine districts to try the rape victims.

Giving an account of initiatives taken by her department, Walia said 17 women protection officers have been appointed to help victims of domestic violence.

The telephone numbers of these officials are put up in public places and any victim can contact them for help. Walia said her department has launched a campaign with United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and leading NGO Jagori to make the city safe for women.

"A draft framework has also been prepared to identify the intervention required to enhance safety of the women," she said.

She said currently 22 'Work Centres' have been set up in the city in various resettlement colonies to provide vocational training to women.

"We have also set up two shelters for destitute pregnant women in the city," she said.

The Minister said her department is also running nine Crises Intervention Centres, which provide support to victims of the rape.

She said 80 women panchayats have been formed all over Delhi to resolve miscellaneous disputes related to women.

PTI