The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday appointed public prosecutors in fast track courts for speedy trial of cases registered under the rape cases and the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, 2012 (POCSO). The administration has taken these decisions after a comprehensive review, so that criminal cases can be fought properly. These public prosecutors have been appointed based on the number of cases pending in the court.
The official statement said that presiding officers have been appointed in fast track courts for speedy trial of rape cases and public prosecutors for cases registered under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offenses Act 2012 (POCSO). Special counsels have been appointed to deal with the cases registered under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The main objective of these decisions is that there should be no shortage of lawyers to run the case in any court including the magisterial court.
Improvement in security standards of Jammu and Kashmir
All security standards in Jammu and Kashmir have improved this year. However, there is a need to exercise caution along the Line of Control (LoC) in view of the indications of infiltration activities by terrorists from across the border during the last two months. The meeting was co-chaired by Army's Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen DP Pandey and Jammu and Kashmir Police Director General Dilbag Singh. During the meeting, officials said that the security situation along the border has improved due to the ceasefire with Pakistan. However, keeping in mind the indications of terrorist activities from across the border, there is a need to exercise caution along the LoC.