In the wake of public outrage over the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman inside a bus in Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday wrote to the chief justice of the high court requesting him to expedite the opening of five fast-track courts for dealing with sexual assault cases.
In her letter to Justice Darmar Murugesan, Sheila wrote that the state government had given an approval for setting up the special courts in order to ensure speedy justice and conviction in cases of sexual assaults on women and communicated it to the high court in October, 2012.
Referring to the gangrape on Sunday night, Sheila suggested that non-grant of bail might also be considered in such cases, saying that it would act as a strong deterrent.
She offered the full support of her government to to make the fast-track courts functional at the earliest.
Also, Sheila has sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to seek his immediate intervention to improve the capital’s law and order situation. Delhi Women’s Commission officials will also accompany her at the meeting.
BJP MPs Smriti Irani and Shahnawaz Hussain raised the issue of the gangrape in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha on Tuesday respectively.
Congress spokesperson Renuka Chaudhary said all women MPs would be meeting Sushilkumar Shinde, Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar over the issue.