Lucknow, Oct 12 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh government has requested the Allahabad High Court to ensure disposal of cases related to crimes against women and the POCSO Act on priority basis, a senior official said on Monday.
The government also sought directions to all district and sessions court judges to ensure speedy disposal of such cases, said Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Awasthi.
This comes days after the death and alleged gang-rape of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in the state's Hathras district. The incident has triggered widespread outrage across the country.
The Uttar Pradesh government made the request in a letter written to the Registrar of the high court. The letter was written by Awasthi on behalf of the state government.
In the letter, the government urged the court to hear and dispose of cases related to crimes against women and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act cases on priority.
It also requested the court to direct all district and sessions court judges to ensure speedy disposal of such cases.
Despite the obstacles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, accused in 612 cases of crimes against women were awarded punishment and a total of 1,835 such cases were disposed of from January to September this year, the letter stated.
Punishment was awarded to accused in 151 cases under the POCSO Act, it said.
Citing the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, the government said Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of convictions in cases of crimes against women 2019 in the country.
It said it will run a special campaign on the safety of women and girls from October 17 to 25. PTI ZIR SAB DIV DIV