10 fast track courts for sex crimes

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Bengaluru: In the wake of the gangrape at Manipal, the state government has decided to quicken the process of setting up 10 fast track courts to cases on atrocities against women. Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, Home Minister K.J. George said that the proposal had been sent to the Chief Justice of Karnataka. The government is expecting clearance for the proposal in the next two days.
“The court will start functioning within the next two months. Once the fast track courts start functioning, the trial process in these cases will be faster. This will instill fear among the culprits, who will know that they cannot escape punishment,” George said.
At the same time, the Home Department is preparing guidelines for University campuses to tighten security, especially for the protection of women. George said that it would be difficult for the police to monitor all the activities inside University campus. University officials must take special care over security and coordinate with police to ensure a fearless atmosphere inside the University campus.
George recalled earlier incidents in the Bangalore University campus, which reiterates the urgency with which Universities must take precautions. The guidelines will be ready within next fortnight and would be circulated to all Universities in the State, he added.
Also, while reacting to the Manipal rape case, George said that police had vital clues in the case and are confident of getting to the bottom of it very soon. When asked about the delay in nabbing the culprits, George said the victim had not divulged any information to police and the doctors in the hospital have not allowed them to take a statement inside hospital premises.
“We can not divulge more details on the investigation. I have given police a free hand with the investigation. Unless I feel that they have failed to crack the case, the government will not think of handing over the investigation to an alternative agency,” George added.  

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