11:59 AM (20 hours ago)
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
Sub: Intervention in establishment of Special Court and Women Police Stations in Odisha
This is to bring to your kind notice that the Government of Odisha had declared to establish Special Court to undertake pendency cases related to atrocities on Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes way back in may, 2010. These courts are yet to be established. Please see the link for detail:
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Sir, violence against women is on rise in the state. The Chief Minister has admitted in the State Assembly that there is an increase in total number of crimes of atrocity against women. While atrocity cases were 9,659 in 2011, in 2010, the number of cases stood at 8,918. According to home department statistics, while 1,025 cases of rape were registered in the state during 2010, the number increased to 1,112 during 2012. The detail of the crime against women can be seen in the following link: http://www.pragativadi.com/
Given the above facts, I place the following requests before the Commission for urgent intervention:
NHRC to direct the state government of Odisha to immediately establish special Courts to try cases of atrocities against SC and ST. These courts should be established at the District Headquarters so that poor victims do not suffer financially. State should also ensure protection of victims and witness during the trial period.
The Commission should also direct the state to establish all women police stations at the district head headquarters. It should also be ensured that sufficient number of trained staff function in those stations round the clock.
Dr Mohanlal Panda
People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), Varanasi