SC to hear PILs on rape cases, women safety tomorrow
The Supreme Court would tomorrow
hear 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.
"We understand the importance of the matter. We will hear
it tomorrow," a bench comprising justices K
and Dipak Misra said.
The petition filed by retired lady IAS officer Promilla
Shanker was listed before the bench following yesterday's
order of another bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir,
which had agreed to give the matter an urgent hearing.
The bench headed by Justice Radhakrishnan decided to hear
the matter tomorrow 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.
Senior advocate Pramod Swarup and advocate Pareena Swarup
said there may be some overlapping issues in the two petitions
but the PIL by the former bureaucrat raised other issues
including the need for speedy trial for the offences against
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
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