Delhi gang-rape: Arvind Kejriwal in favour of more fast track courts



New Delhi: Setting up of more fast track courts and speedy trial with high conviction rate will act as deterrent to the increasing incidents of rape in the country, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal said.

"Fast track courts will help only justice is delivered in two months. Trials in such cases should complete within two months and government should set up more fast track courts, if needed set up 2,000 such courts to speed up the process of justice," he told a rally organised by AAP at Jantar Mantar in solidarity with the 23-year-old girl, who was gangraped in a moving bus.

He termed the measures suggested by government like increasing the number of PCR vans as "mere eyewash".

Instead, he said, "We need stricter implementation of laws. They should be arrested and tried at the earliest."

Giving the example of the 2006 rape case of a German teenager in Rajasthan, he said if justice can be done within 16 days, then it is possible in other cases also.

Kejriwal attacked the government for the closing down of such fast track courts because of expenditure, saying this only "shows insensitivity of the MPs toward women".

The AAP leader also claimed that there are 641 MPs and MLAs who have some kind of criminal cases against them and "they are the biggest hindrance in making of a stricter law".

Attacking Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan, who broke into tears while making statement in Rajya Sabha on the gangrape case, he said, "She should have cried on the day when six MPs with criminal background were given tickets, she should have cried on the day when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav inducted 29 MLAs with criminal background in his cabinet. All of them (politicians) are fooling us."

Earlier, addressing the gathering, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said that inaction by police in crime towards women like rape has led to loss of faith in them.

"It is a matter of shame for any police in the world when women lose faith in them. This shows a systemic failure which needs to rectified. Police should be trained to handle such cases sensitively," he said.

Yadav also said to avoid such incidents there is need to create fear of police among those who commit such crime, "as getting caught by police is the biggest fear for them".

The AAP members demanded calling of a special session of the Parliament and pass a new and stringent law against rape.

Addressing the gathering, AAP leader Gopal Rai said, the Parliament has gone on vacation despite the fact that such incident has happened when the house was in session.

"If they were so sensitive to the issue, they would have called a special session and passed a bill, it would had taken more than one day if everyone were ready," he said.

Alleging that political parties were just thinking of coming to power only, noted senior lawyer Shanti Bhushan said, "they take populist measures just to win elections and come to power but they forget the duties of the government."

We need a law which is sensitive towards the women, he added.

PTI