Rape cases: When fast track courts made the difference
Jaipur: Amid massive outrage over the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old girl, the Delhi High Court today decided to set up five special fast track courts as suggested by the city government to deal with cases of sexual assault on women.
Here are some cases of sexual assualt in which fast track court were constituted and its decision created an example:
British journalist raped in Rajasthan's Udaipur
A 32-year-old hotel manager raped a British journalist in December 2007. The journalist had arrived in Udaipur on December 23, 2007, and stayed at the guest-house, Pardesi Guest House, where she was raped.
She filed a report at the Amba-mata police station on January 9, 2008. According to her complaint, Singh had knocked at the door of the victim’s room on the pretext of giving her a blanket. As she opened the door, she was raped.
After the complaint, the police swung into action and arrested the accused. A chargesheet was filed in eight days.
A fast track court in Udaipur in May 2008 sentenced him to life imprisonment and fined him Rs 25,000 while also convicting him for house-trespass to commit an offence punishable with life in prison.
German research student raped in Alwar
In her statement, the victim said that BH Mohanty, an MBA student in Delhi whom she considered a friend, had accompanied her to Alwar on March 20, 2006, to help her with a project on the ozone layer. Mohanty had got drunk and raped her.
The victim first sent an SMS to her friend in Germany who in turn reported the matter to the German embassy in Delhi and the police on March 21. The Alwar police arrested Mohanty while he was fleeing to Delhi the next day.
A fast track court in the district sentenced Mohanty to a seven-year jail term and a penalty of Rs 10,000. This is perhaps the first rape case in which a court delivered a verdict just 23 days after the crime, deliberating on the case for 9 days.
Japanese tourist raped at Pushkar in Rajasthan
Another rape story sworl out of the deserts of Rajasthan and this time, it's a Japanese woman who had complained that she was duped by a group of men in Pushkar, drugged at a hotel and raped.
The rape, committed on April 2, 2006, went unreported for weeks, when the tourist sent a fax from Agra to Ajmer SP.
A fast-track court at Ajmer sentenced owner of a guest house, Babloo, to seven years' imprisonment for raping a the Japanese tourist.
Two co-accused — Babloo's mother Roshni and brother Raju — was sentenced to three-year imprisonment each. Two others were acquitted.
The court also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on Babloo.
German woman raped in Udaipur
A 47-year-old German woman, an airlines employee, was raped by an auto-rickshaw driver and his accomplice on May 11, 2005, at Udaipur in Rajasthan.
The accused allegedly waylaid the victim to the outskirts of the city and raped her. When she raised an alarm, villagers rushed in to help her and informed the police.
By the time, police reached the site the accused fled in their auto-rickshaw but were later nabbed in a combing operation near Jodhpur.
A fast track court sentenced to the convicts life imprisonment under Section 376(G) of IPC and also asked to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 each.
Here are some cases of sexual assualt in which fast track courts were constituted and its decision created an example.