Government approves 3 proposals under Nirbhaya Fund; 1023 Fast Track Courts to be set up
The Empowered Committee of Officers under Nirbhaya Fund, under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Women and Child Development Ministry on November 16, 2018 three proposals under the Nirbhaya Fund including setting up of 1023 Fast Track Special Courts.
Setting up of 1023 Fast Track Special Courts
• The Committee approved the proposal of the Department of Justice under Ministry of Law and Justice to set up 1023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) to dispose off pending cases of rape and POCSO Act across the country.
• The project was approved with a total financial outlay of Rs 767.25 crores.
• In the First phase, 777 FTSCs will be set up in 9 states and in the second phase, 246 FTSCs will be set up.
Procurement of forensic kits for sexual assault cases
• The Committee approved the proposal of Union Ministry of Home Affairs for procurement of forensic kits for sexual assault cases to kick start usage of such kits in States.
• These kits will be used through Training of Trainers (TOTs), capacity building or training for forensics in sexual assault cases and strengthening of State Forensic Science Laboratory (FSLs).
• The proposal was approved with a total financial implication of Rs 107.19 crore.
Setting up video surveillance system at 50 Railway Stations
• The Committee approved the proposal from Konkan Railway Corporation Limited for setting up video surveillance system at 50 Railway Stations with a total Project cost of Rs 17.64 crore.
• The funding will be utilised for surveillance hardware and accessories, local connectivity equipment and power supply devices.
In-principle approval for state wise vehicle tracking platform
Apart from these three proposals, the committee gave in-principle approval to the proposal of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and highways for C-DAC for customisation, deployment and management of state wise vehicle tracking platform for safety and enforcement.
Damini or Nirbhaya, a 23-year old para-medical student was gang raped in New Delhi on December 16, 2012. Even after medical assistance, Nirbhaya passed away in Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on December 29, 2012.
She was raped in the moving bus by six men, one of which included a minor. The 16 December gang rape led to massive protests across the country, following which, the Government promised strict punishment to the criminals and announced the Nirbhaya Fund for women safety.