1023 fast track special courts to be set up by Central Govt for speedy disposal of POCSO and rape cases

Ministry of law and Justice introduced a scheme to set up 1023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSC) exclusively for time bound disposal of rape and POCSO under National Mission for Safety of Women (NMSW).

Out of the 1023, 389 are solely for handling POCSO cases as each court will be assigned to 389 districts in country where the number of such pending cases exceed 100 as directed by the Supreme Court in Suo Moto (Criminal)No.01/2019 dated 25.07.2019.

The major aim of the scheme is to over 1.6lakh cases of rape of children and women pending in various courts and hence assuring a safe living for women in India.

24 States and Union Territories including Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat have joined the scheme, which will have 792 FTSCs and 354 POCSO courts in which 218 FTSCs will be established in the state of UP alone and constant efforts are made for the willingness of others.

Department of Justice announced a total of Rs 767.25 Cr out of which Rs 474 crores will be given from the fund of government which is created to support the Women safety initiatives of Government and NGOs.

Each court is expected to settle 41-42 cases each quarter and 165 cases per year. 216 such FTSCs have been set up over past 2 months.

This measure by the Union government will hopefully provide protection to the female population and will act as a deterrent for the perpetrators as delay in procuring justice for the victims would be solved and the sentencing of would get expedient.

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