Gang-rape could have been prevented: CJI

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 02:43 hrs

New Delhi: An incident like the brutal gang-rape here could have been prevented had the Supreme Court's guidelines on removal of tinted glasses from all vehicles been followed, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Altamas Kabir said Wednesday.

Inaugurating a fast track court in Saket district courts, Chief Justice Kabir said: "It's good to know that after the Dec 16 tragic incident, people have started raising their voice on crime against women."

The CJI expressed hope that the fast track court at Saket courts for dealing with cases of sexual abuse would be operational immediately.

Chief Justice Kabir said that a blame game after such incidents should be avoided as "it would not serve anything".

"A blame game will not serve anything. We have to go to the root of the problem. This case, which is in the public eye, should be decided as early as possible," he said.

The Delhi High Court had a few days ago agreed to open five fast track courts after the city government suggested so, following the Dec 16 gang-rape in a moving bus.

Chief Justice Kabir said four other fast track courts would be made operational in different parts of Delhi to show "we mean business in tackling matters of such nature".

Delhi High Court Chief Justice D. Murugesan, who was also present, said that judicial officers have been identified for the fast track courts and wherever possible, cases will be taken up for daily hearing.

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