Supreme Court to hear PILs on rape cases, women safety on Friday

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 12:30 hrs

The Supreme Court will hear public interest litigation matters related to setting up of fast track courts for speedy trial in rape cases and effective implementation of existing laws for safety of women on Friday.

A two-judge bench of the apex court, comprising of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said that it was aware of the gravity of the issue, and would take up the PILS for review and argument tomorrow.

One of the PILs has filed by retired lady IAS officer Promilla Shanker.

The bench headed by Justice Radhakrishnan decided to hear the matter on Friday as it had received a report from the apex court registry that an identical matter relating to the safety of women was already pending.

The judges were of the view that they would like to know the details of the other pending matter.

The apex court will also hear another PIL related to the issue which was filed by an advocate and social activist Omika Dubey in which directions have been sought for appointment of additional judges to adjudicate the matters of crime against women and for providing compulsory compensation to victims of rape.

The PIL filed through advocate Ravi Prakash Gupta also sought an order to restrain print and electronic media from publishing and telecasting obscene pictures of women. (ANI)

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