Jammu Kashmir: Public prosecutors appointed for speedy trial of rape and POCSO cases

Jammu Kashmir: Public prosecutors appointed for speedy trial of rape and POCSO cases

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.


The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center is trying to find a peaceful solution to the Assam and Mizoram border dispute, no plans for a CBI inquiry - officials informed

The Center has no plans to have a neutral agency like the CBI probe the recent clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border , but is trying to resolve the dispute peacefully at the earliest. Two top government officials said that the central government does not want to take any such decision which will worsen the situation.

He said that the central government wants a peaceful solution to the current border dispute between Assam and Mizoram and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in constant touch with both the Chief Ministers- Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Zoramthanga (Mizoram). Zoramthanga also tweeted, "I still hope for an amicable solution to the Assam-Mizoram tension from the Center."

He also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Ministers of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim in his tweet. At the same time, the Chief Minister of Assam said in his tweet, "Our main objective is to keep the spirit of the Northeast alive. What happened on the Assam-Mizoram border is unacceptable to the people of both the states. The border dispute can be resolved only through discussion.

The clash took place on 26 July

Asked whether the probe into the July 26 clash was likely to be handed over to a neutral agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), both the top government officials said no decision has been taken in this regard yet. Five Assam policemen and a civilian were killed and more than 50 people were injured in the clash. Apart from this, neither state of Assam or Mizoram has made any formal request for a neutral agency to conduct an inquiry, he said.

One of these officials said, "Both the state governments are cooperating and the central government is confident that there will be no more clashes on the border." FIRs have been registered against political leaders, police and civil administration officials. Both the government officials mentioned the steps taken to reduce tension along the Assam-Mizoram border.

On July 28, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla.

The Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of both the states participated in a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on July 28 in which it was decided to deploy a neutral force (CRPF) at the conflict site. Earlier, the two chief secretaries had met in a bilateral meeting in Delhi. After this, the central government issued an advisory to both the states asking them to maintain peace on the inter-state border. Both officials said the July 26 violence was a "sporadic" incident and such incidents are unlikely to happen again in future.