Tuesday, August 8, 2006

India Proposes Only Women Judges Try Rape Cases

"India has proposed that only women judges try rape cases to help sexual assault victims get justice faster and make trials sensitive to their trauma, a law ministry spokesman said on Friday. The proposal, a bill which has to be passed by parliament, was approved at a cabinet meeting late on Thursday, S.M. Kumar said. Women's groups and rights activists have for long campaigned for reforming the judicial process that deals with sexual assault in a country where a woman is raped every 29 minutes. The national capital, New Delhi, is the most unsafe Indian city for women, accounting for 30 percent of rapes, according to government data. "This is a very positive step and will help get justice for the rape victim," said Girija Vyas, chairwoman of the National Women's' Commission." Reuters Link to Article (last visited 8-7-06 NVS)

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