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language | Updated: 15 Feb 2021, 09:22:00 PM

Chandigarh, Feb 15 (Language) The Punjab government on Monday decided that nine more speedy trial courts will be set up in the state under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (Poxo) Act. This decision was taken at an inter-departmental meeting of the state government. Several decisions were taken in the meeting related to measures to further strengthen the investigation and prosecution machinery for crimes against women and children. According to a government statement released here, besides this, sexual harassment response teams were also formed in all the districts of the state to deal with the cases of sexual harassment of women.

Chandigarh, Feb 15 (Language) The Punjab government on Monday decided that nine more speedy trial courts will be set up in the state under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (Poxo) Act. This decision was taken at an inter-departmental meeting of the state government. Several decisions were taken in the meeting related to measures to further strengthen the investigation and prosecution machinery for crimes against women and children. Apart from this, sexual harassment response teams will also be formed in all districts of the state to deal with cases of sexual harassment of women, according to a government statement released here. In an online meeting, Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan instructed the officials to investigate cases related to women and children on a priority basis from 2016 to 2020. He also directed the authorities to adopt Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to expedite the investigation of sexual offenses against women and children by specifying the roles and responsibilities of all departments in relation to such cases. He directed the Home Department to expedite the setting up of nine other speedy trial courts, for which the government has approved. This will be in addition to the three such courts already operating in Ludhiana and Jalandhar. Seven expeditious trial courts are already functional for hearing rape cases in the state. Mahajan also ordered that a state level committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) be constituted to review the monthly progress of pending cases. He directed the Health, Police and Prosecution Departments to appoint a nodal officer for better interdepartmental coordination to deal with the investigation of criminal cases related to women and children. He also directed to manage the programs required for personnel training in this regard. Mahajan informed in the meeting that on International Women’s Day on March 8, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will launch various projects for the welfare of women and children.

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