India needs 1,023 special courts to try cases of rape and child rape: Law Min

NEW DELHI: A little over 1,000 ‘fast track special courts’ need to be set up across India as part of a new scheme to try cases related to rape of children and women, the Law Ministry has estimated.

These courts are to be set up as part of a larger scheme to strengthen infrastructure for better investigation and swift prosecution in such cases.

The Department of Justice in the Law Ministry has estimated an expenditure of Rs 767.25 to set up these special courts. The Centre will have to shell out Rs 474 crore as central funding, the department has told the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

” … It is estimated that a total of 1,023 FTSCs (fast track special courts) are required to be set up for disposing of rape and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act cases with an estimated expenditure of Rs 767.25 crore out of which Rs 464 crore as central funding on the pattern of centrally sonsored scheme,” said a Law Ministry document. (AGENCIES)