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Uttar Pradesh likely to set up 218 fast track courts

State law minister Brajesh Pathak told reporters that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed concern over crimes against women. For these fast-track courts, 218 posts of additional session judge have been created, and staff posts for the court will also be created.

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Updated: Dec 10, 2019, 08.18 AM IST
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For these fast-track courts, 218 posts of additional session judge have been created, and staff posts for the court will also be created.

LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government on Monday has approved the setting up of 218 fast track courts in Uttar Pradesh even as reports of rape and murder of women in the state is rising, especially in Unnao, Sambhal, Chitrakut and Muzaffarnagar, over the last month.

Law minister Brajesh Pathak told agencies that there were 25,479 cases of rape and sexual crimes against women pending in UP courts and 42,379 cases related to sexual crimes committed against children, according to government data as on June 30, 2019.

These special courts will be part of the total 1,023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) which were proposed to be set up under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act earlier this year — an initiative of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development to expedite trials of rape cases.

While 74 courts will be dedicated solely to cases brought under the POCSO Act, 144 courts will look into resolution of cases related to crimes against women. With Rs 75 lakh being expected to be spent on each court, the total planned expenditure is expected to be Rs 1,635 crore. While 60% of the cost of setting up these courts will be borne by the Centre, the remaining will be borne by state.

“For these fast track courts, 218 posts of additional session judges have been created, and staff posts for the court will also be created,” minister Brajesh Pathak told PTI. The announcement comes amid nation-wide outrage against the burning of a 23-year old rape survivor in Unnao last week which eventually claimed her life.

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