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July 17, 2017
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What is the issue?

Victims of rape and sexual assault are continued to be victimised by systemic insensitivity and slow pace of judicial system.

What are the problems?

  • Police personnel are still not sensitised to deal with rape victims.
  • It takes several days for victims to get a FIR registered.
  • The trial period of the fast track courts extends far beyond the stipulated two months period as per Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
  • There is delay in courts due to factors such as delay in getting medical reports, adjournments, increasing case load and vacancies at the judiciary level.

What should be done?

  • Proper training and sensitisation of all the agencies involved in investigation and prosecution of rape cases.
  • The need for a specialised agency such as a one-stop crisis centre to provide necessary response to help victims and guide them through the legal procedure.
  • Day-to-day trial can quicken the procedure as well as ensure that the victim’s statement is recorded without missing any vital information.
  • It is suggested that lawyer's questions be routed through the judges.
  • This will ensure that questions are not hostile and psychologically pressuring the victim.
  • Support services to ensure victims get compensation, pre-trial orientation, counselling and access to rehabilitation.


Source: The New Indian Express

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