The Congress party on Thursday welcomed the swift beginning of the Delhi rape case trial, as the fast-track court is all set to frame charges against six accused of raping the 23-year-old paramedical student on a moving bus on December 16.
Amid nationwide protests for stricter laws against rape and crimes against women, the government took the decision top set up five fast-track courts to hear such cases swiftly.
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said, "This is a big step, which will fast track the proceedings and the culprits would be punished within time. The whole country and the government want the same. Culprits should be given strict punishments in time, so that it instills fear in the minds of others and nobody dares to commit such heinous crimes," said Alvi.
Congress leader Jagdambika Pal said, "The Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir has also said that the fast-track courts must hear the cases swiftly. This clearly indicates that the whole country wants the culprits of the Delhi gang-rape incident to be immediately awarded punishment," said Pal.
Mamata Sharma, Chairperson, National Commission for Women (NCW), also welcomed the decision of speedy trial.
"It is good that the trial is beginning today and I feel that after such a big incident, it is important that the trials are completed swiftly," said Sharma.
The 23 year-old girl of the December 16 brutal assault succumbed to her injuries on December 29 in a Singapore hospital, provoking a nationwide outrage against the lack of security for women and an apathetic government lacking the will to act decisively on the matter.