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  May 2016
  April 2016

For women, by women

The first all-women court has been set up in the Mumbai Sessions court for victims of sexual assault

Acknowledging that the cases of sexual assault against women are required to be dealt with greater sensitivity, the first all-women court was set up in Mumbai's Sessions court on International Women's Day.

In a circular issued on March 7, the Bombay High Court directed "to assign cases involving sexual assault against women exclusively to the courts presided over by women judicial officers in districts/establishment".

Taking a swift note of the circular, the first all-women court was set up on the next day on March 8 in Mumbai's Sessions court. "In these cases, women are victims of crime and for the purpose of enabling victims to give their evidence in a stress-free atmosphere and without any fear of embarrassment, it is desirable that all staff members, i.e. bench clerks, stenographer, interpreter, typist-cum-clerk, havildar/peon are all women," said the circular.

"We have done this so that the victims can feel easy and tension free while deposing in front of the court. It's an effort from our side to deliver justice to the victims," Mohit Shah, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, said.

Activists and lawyers have also welcomed the decision calling it a step towards 'sensitising' the judicial system over the issues of sexual assaults against women.

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