Do we need fast track courts?

Published Jan 23, 2013 12:04am

A FAST-track court has been set up to try the five adults accused in New Delhi’s gang-rape case which rocked India. These types of courts were set up in India in 2001 and since then some three million cases have been disposed of.

This is quite impressive, keeping in mind the population size and number of cases in India. Is it not time for Pakistan to initiate fast-track courts on the same lines, as terrorism and crime against women is on the high and keeps mounting in this country?

Although anti-terrorism courts were set up in Pakistan by previous regimes, proceedings in these courts move at a snail’s speed due to reluctance of witnesses not coming forward for obvious reasons, and the police and law-enforcement agencies not finding enough evidence against culprits.

At the end of the day most of these cases go cold and lose significance, thus providing enough excuses and justifications to the accused to go scott-free.

If the type of cases involving terrorism and assaults on women are moved on a fast track and disposed of early, there is less chance for the accused to forge proofs and buy out witnesses with threats or otherwise.

We have to remember that a culprit in the act of terrorism is not always alone, they ought to have a network which ensures they do not get conviction and punishment and after the arrests, those networks work towards that goal.

Extreme care should, however, be taken in fast track cases where it must be ensured that the due process of the law has been followed and that the accused is given an impartial, full and fair chance to face the trial as unnecessary haste may hinder with justice and objectivity.

Another aspect is the appealing process where again a lot of time is wasted in the process of appeals. An appeal process should also be devised matching the fast-track case hearing process where appeals are heard and disposed of quickly.

Let us hope the next elected government has the guts to deal with home-grown terrorism and crimes against women and children, and Pakistan would become a safe place for everyone.

ANAS A. KHAN Canada


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Comments (6) Closed




Ali
Jan 23, 2013 06:28am
Who's going to investigate Quetta brutality?
khanm
Jan 23, 2013 07:21am
We definitely need a change but the change should come from with in. it not the institutions, it is not a point of view. It starts a revolution by starting one in you. A person can change the entire nation if the leaders change they can change the thinking of the nation.
Agha Ata (USA)
Jan 23, 2013 01:42pm
Bullet trains, motor ways, and PIA. and now fast- track courts. Ambitious Pakistanis do have great dreams. great expectations. Borrowing powerful terminology from neighboring countries would hardly help to materialize it. We are too behind the schedule on the path to progress. Lets first start with fast track police department, honest and efficient, non politicized, and free from fast- track- MUK MUKAs. to present their cases to the courts.
mazharuddin
Jan 23, 2013 04:59pm
Prime need to have justice is to be accepted the petition against the judges who involved in deciding the cases unjustly, they are liable to be tried in public. Such orders and decisions that are against justice are the main cause of sufferings of innocent people. There should not be raised the question of prestige of judiciary as dispensing justice is the prime responsibility of judiciary.
Bullehshah
Jan 23, 2013 11:26pm
We need more tolerance, understanding and humanity..not more courts..then fast-track..then super-fast track!
Yousuf Ali
Jan 24, 2013 05:04am
We definitely need FAST-track court system, this is to be done on war footage, if we want to bring any positive change in this sick society. Yousuf Ali