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Goa to have fast-track court on crimes against women, children

Panaji: The state government has given its approval for setting up a fast-track special court to deal with cases of sexual assault against women and children in the state.

Minister for Law and Judiciary Nilesh Cabral told ‘The Navhind Times’ on Wednesday that the government has already given its approval for setting up  the fast-track special court,  which will expeditiously dispose of cases of crimes against women and children.

“In fact, a proposal had come to me for setting up two fast-track courts in the state. However, considering the fewer number of pending cases – which is about 150 – related to sexual assault against women and children, the government has decided to set up only one fast-track special court,” he explained.

Cabral said that now it is up to the High Court to complete the procedure for constitute the special court and appoint a judge and other staffers.  

In wake of the increasing cases of rapes and other sexual assaults against women and children, several states have been establishing fast-track courts so that victims get justice as early as possible.

In November 2018, the central government had approved a proposal to set up 1,023 fast-track special courts across the country to dispose of cases pertained to crime against women and children.

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