Supreme Court takes note of increase in rape cases, seeks status reports from states, high courts by 7 February

The Supreme Court on Wednesday took suo motu cognizance for assessment of the criminal justice system in response to sexual offences.

Press Trust of India December 18, 2019 21:06:43 IST
Supreme Court takes note of increase in rape cases, seeks status reports from states, high courts by 7 February
  • The Supreme Court on Wednesday took suo motu cognizance for assessment of the criminal justice system in response to sexual offences.

  • The top court said that the 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder case had shocked the conscience of the nation

  • A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde sought response and status report by 7 February, 2020 from all the states and high courts on several aspects in such cases

New Delhi: Taking serious note of rising rape cases in India, the Supreme Court on Wednesday took suo motu (on its own) cognizance for assessment of the criminal justice system in response to sexual offences.

Referring to the gruesome 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder case, the top court said it had shocked the conscience of the nation and delay in such matters in recent times has created agitation, anxiety and unrest in the minds of people.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde sought response and status report by 7 February, 2020 from all the states and high courts on several aspects in such cases including probe, collection of evidence, forensic and medical evidence, recording of statement of victim and time frame for trial.

The bench, also comprising Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant, said it needs to collate information and status for holistic implementation of provisions of rape law and appointed senior advocate Siddharth Luthra as amicus curiae for assisting it in the matter.

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