Kerala To Set Up 28 Fast Track Courts For Rape, Child Sex Abuse Cases

Kerala minister KK Shailaja said the decision to set up the special courts has been taken in the wake of rising cases of violence against women and children.

Kerala To Set Up 28 Fast Track Courts For Rape, Child Sex Abuse Cases

Kerala will set up 28 courts for speedy trial in rape cases. (Representational)

Thiruvananthapuram:

Kerala has sanctioned the setting up of 28 fast track courts for speedy trial in rape cases and other cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

State Social Justice and Women and Child Development Minister KK Shailaja said the state government has decided to set up POCSO courts to ensure that the culprits get the punishment they deserve. She said the decision has been taken in the wake of rising violence against women and children.

"The Union Law Ministry has recently sanctioned the opening of 28 POCSO fast track special courts in Kerala at the request of the state government. The project will be implemented jointly by the High Court, Law and Home Departments under the leadership of the Department of Women and Child Development," the Minister said.

The four courts are alloted in Thiruvananthapuram district, three in Thrissur and Malappuram districts, two each in Kollam, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Kozhikode and Kannur districts.

The Minister informed that POCSO courts are jointly established by the central and state governments and according to the High Court data, 12,234 POCSO and rape cases are pending in the state.