CJI shows concern over crime against women

Also laments slow pace of police investigations

There is a need to change people’s mindset to counter violence and injustice against women, said Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Saturday.

Justice Kabir said crime against women has become quite common. “People’s mindset has to be changed and once that happens I think lot of things can be remedied,” he said.

Backlog of cases

He added that backlog of cases can be overcome by “strengthening infrastructure of courts in India”. “By just increasing the strength of judges we cannot overcome the backlog of cases, there is a need for adding facilities as well,” he said while speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a new building of Khalsa College of Law.

“There are examples of states where the infrastructure has been strengthened and situation has improved. Secondly, I feel that police investigations have to be thorough.”

Justice Kabir said many cases continue to drag on due to the slow pace of police investigation. “If we improve police investigations and make mechanisms regarding out of court settlements, we will see a huge improvement,” he added.

He addressed a seminar on ‘Protection of Rights of Children, Women and Senior Citizen’. He emphasised that children and women were vulnerable to crime and citizens needed to sensitised about their legal rights.

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Senior Supreme Court Judge Justice D K Jain and Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice A K Sikri were also  present.

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