SC asks govt to set up courts for women, kids

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court has ordered the government authorities to set up a fast-track courts to look into cases related to women and children.

In its full text judgment made public today, a division bench of Justices Bala Ram KC and Abadhesh Kumar Yadav told the government authorities — the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Ministry of Home Affairs — to set up the courts.

Stating that there is a need to conduct a study on human resources, physical structures and other prerequisites for the formation of the fast-track courts, the bench also ordered the authorities to conduct the same. The bench further

ordered the authorities to promulgate appropriate laws within six months

after the study in order

to set up the courts.

“Though the Domestic Violence Crime and Punishment Act, 2009 has made a provision to try cases relating to women and children in in-camera hearings, this is insufficient when it comes to protecting the rights of the women and children as cases related to them tend to be the most sensitive of all the cases. As such, a fast-track courts will be most appropriate,” the bench observed.

Stating that delayed

justice has often humiliated the courts, the bench

told the authorities to

take up the option to set up the fast-track courts.