Amritsar: Taking a serious note of increasing cases of crime against women, Chief Justice of India Justice Altamas Kabir on Saturday said there was a need for people’s mindset to change to counter violence and injustice against women.
Justice Kabir, who was here for the foundation stone laying ceremony of a new building of Khalsa College of Law, said crime against women has become quite common and there was need for people’s mindset to change.
“People’s mindset has to be changed and once that happens I think lot of thing can be remedied,” he told reporters here.
The CJI also said that backlog of cases can be overcome by “strengthening infrastructure of courts in India”.
“By just increasing the strength of judges we cannot overcome the backlog of cases, there is need for adding facilities as well.
“There are many examples of states where the infrastructure has been strengthened (and situation) has improved a lot. Secondly I feel that police investigations have to be thorough,” he said.
Elaborating further, Justice Kabir said that many cases continue to drag on due to the slow pace of police investigation.
“If we improve the investigations by police and make mechanisms of out of court mutual settlements, we will see a huge improvement,” he said.
Later he also addressed a seminar on ‘Protection of Rights of Children, Women and Senior Citizen’, where he emphasised that children and women were vulnerable to crime and citizens needed to sensitised about their legal rights.
Besides Justice Kabir, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, senior Supreme Court Judge Justice DK Jain and Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice AK Sikri attended the ceremony.
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First Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012, 21:26