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Maharashtra to set up 16 more special courts for women cases

Thursday, 24 January 2013 - 8:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna
The number of pending cases in the state has come down to 30 lakh in 2012 from the 40 lakh cases pending in 2010.

The state government will set up 16 new special courts in Maharashtra for cases relating to offences against women. Thirteen such courts already exist in the state. Of the total 1,800 subordinate judicial officers recruited across the country, the Centre will post around 180 in Maharashtra.

“Some of these officers will activate 30 of the 100 special courts in the state, which are not active,” said Union law minister Ashwani Kumar while talking to mediapersons in Mumbai. He added that 15 more gram nyalayas would be set up in the state. There are 10 gram nyalayas in the state.

Kumar lauded the functioning of the state’s law and judiciary. The number of pending cases in the state has come down to 30 lakh in 2012 from the 40 lakh cases pending in 2010. The Bombay high court and the subordinate courts have been pioneers in matters of computerisation.

On the low conviction rate in Maharashtra, Kumar said: “We will carry out a study on the reasons behind the low conviction rate in the state.”

On the renaming of the Bombay high court, the minister said that demand is under consideration along with similar demands of other high courts in Chennai and Kolkata.
The law minister said the government would give priority to implement Justice JS Verma Committee recommendations on crimes against women.

“The government will give priority to implement Justice JS Verma Committee’s recommendations on dealing with crimes against women. It will do whatever it can to improve the judicial process to achieve the objective of dealing firmly with crimes against women,” said Kumar.

He added that the Usha Mehra Commission set up to inquire the rape and brutal assault of a woman in Delhi last month will submit its report later this month or in the first week of February. The panel will also suggest measures to improve the safety and security of women, particularly in Delhi and NCR.

Kumar said the Law Commission has been asked to give concrete suggestions on electoral reforms within three months to ensure that people with criminal antecedents do not get elected.

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Thirteen special courts to hear cases of offences against women already exist in the state. Out of the total 1,800 subordinate judicial officers recruited across the country, the Centre will post around 180 in Maharashtra.
Union law minister Ashwani Kumar said the Usha Mehra Commission will submit its report on the Delhi rape case later this month or in the first week of February. The panel was set up to inquire the Delhi rape case and suggest measures to improve the safety of women, particularly in Delhi and NCR.

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