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Set up special courts in each district to try offences against disabled persons: SC to States, UTs

April,25,2017:

SC registry to send its order to chief secretaries of all states and directed them to take immediate steps.

On Tuesday, in a major move intended to ensure the speedy justice to the disabled persons, Supreme Court directed states and Union Territories to set up within three months special courts in each District to conduct trial of the offences committed against them.

Supreme Court, New Delhi
Supreme Court, New Delhi

Apex Court Bench comprising of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice M M Shantanagoudar also directed them to appoint Special Public Prosecutor in the each district for conducting trial in such cases and directed them to file compliance report by August 16,2017.

SC registry has been directed to send its order to the Chief Cecretaries of all the States and directed them to take the immediate steps to comply with its direction.

Within a fortnight after Centre notified Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016, Apex Court took upon itself task to ensure compliance of new law in letter and spirit by Governments and decided to monitor its implementation. The new law provides for Special Courts to deal with the crime committed against the disabled persons.

New law sets a two-year deadline for Governments to ensure barrier-free access in all kinds of the physical infrastructure and transport systems for the disabled persons.

It also provided that all the Government institutions of higher education receiving aid from Government shall reserve not less than five per cent seats for the persons with benchmark disabilities.

Apex Court Bench expounded that,”It is apposite to direct all the States and Union Territories to file compliance report within the twelve weeks. They must realise that the responsibility has grown up and they have to take steps to implement it. When law shows concern and makes provisions for them then it is obligation of implementing authority to act”.

Apex Court has been examining PIL since 1998 on the Rights of Disabled People and has passed slew of direction from time to time to the Governments.

 

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