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Delhi: 5 fast track courts for cases of sexual assaults

First published: December 19, 2012, 8:15 PM IST | Updated: December 19, 2012
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Delhi: 5 fast track courts for cases of sexual assaults
The decision came after Sheila Dikshit urged Chief Justice of Delhi HC to immediately make functional five fast track courts.

New Delhi: The government has decided to set up five special fast track courts in Delhi to deal with cases of sexual assault on women. Amid massive outrage over the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old girl, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday decided to set up the special courts as suggested by the city government to deal with cases of sexual assault on women.

The decision to set up the courts came a day after Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit urged Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Darmar Murugesan to immediately make functional five fast track courts. The Registrar General of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday sent a letter to Delhi Government communicating the court's acceptance of the recommendation by the Delhi Government, officials said.

Dikshit, in a letter to Justice Murugesan, had urged him to take urgent action in making the fast track courts functional to deal with the cases of sexual assault on women and to provide speedy justice to the victim and conviction of the guilty.

The Delhi Cabinet in October had approved the proposal to set up the courts and later the decision was conveyed to the High Court so that it could make functional the courts. In her letter, Dikshit had suggested to Justice Murugesan that bail should not be given to those involved in heinous crimes against women.

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