The UP government, under Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath, has proposed setting up 100 special fast-track courts in different districts of UP to provide justice to crimes against women. The proposal is pending before the finance department since it requires around Rs 400 crore to be funded.
The proposal requires creating an infrastructure and appointing resources to address pending court cases.
The department of law and justice has prepared the proposal. Minister Brajesh Pathak says that they have also proposed establishing an investigative unit of 1,000 women officers to “investigate and aid speedy disposal of cases of crimes against women”.
There are currently 183 fast-track courts in UP. According to the Times of India, the UP government is trying to get funding from the Central government.
An officer in the state law department said, “The 14th Finance Commission proposal to strengthen the judicial system also includes setting up 1,800 fast-track courts in India. As on date, there are only 524 functional fast-track courts in the country.”
Fast-track courts had been introduced in the country in 2000, but most of them had ceased functioning by 2011. After the Nirbhaya case in December, fast-track courts got renewed. Fast-track courts promise speedy delivery of justice, however, thousands of cases are still pending in these courts.