The Maharashtra government will earmark 25 out of 100 fast-track courts across the state exclusively to deal with women-related cases, Home Minister R.R. Patil announced in Mumbai on Friday.
He said that the Bombay High Court would be requested to do whatever was necessary so that women-related cases can be disposed of quickly and in a timebound manner.
"The state government will also request the centre to make laws pertaining to any type of atrocities on women stricter in the wake of the recent gang-rape of a woman in Delhi," Patil assured a delegation of Nationalist Congress Party women's wing led by city president Chitra Wagh.
The delegation members vociferously demanded that atrocities on women like molestation or rape should be made non-bailable offences attracting either life terms or death penalty.
The home minister said the security of women, minors and senior citizens would be given top priority and warned that offenders would not be spared.