Crimes against women have increased in the recent past in the country and is a cause for concern, M.M. Sundresh, Madras High Court judge, said here on Saturday.
Inaugurating the Fast Track Mahila Court (FTMC) and the Alternate Disputes Resolution Centre (ADRC) at the district court complex here, Justice Sundresh said that though the crime against women are increasing everyday, only 5 per cent of the cases were being reported. The hesitation by the women to report the crimes against them was due to societal compulsions.
Though the world is talking about equality among the genders, the average asset holdings in the name of women were only 5 per cent, the judge said.
While disposing of the cases of crimes against women with stringent punishments for the culprits, the judicial officers should also analyse them in detail and should come out with comprehensive solution for ending recurrence of crimes against women.
The Alternate Disputes Resolution Centres are being established with a view to reduce the burden on the courts as well as the litigants. As the number of cases are mounting day-by-day, it needs at least another 400 years to settle cases through courts. Keeping this in mind, the ADR centres are being established in various places in the county.
Earlier, Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development, Prisons, Law and Justice K.P. Munusamy lighted the lamp to mark the inauguration of the court along with Justice M.M. Sundresh. Justice M.M. Sundresh unveiled a plaque to mark the inauguration of the two courts. Principal District and Sessions Judge L. Yousuf Ali unveiled the portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and Thiruvalluvar.
In his felicitation speech, V. Yuvaraj, member, Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, demanded a combined court building.
M. Devarajan, president, Krishnagiri Bar Council, demanded a labour court in Krishnagiri.
Collector T.P. Rajesh, Superintendent of Police S.R. Senthil Kumar, Public Prosecutor (in charge) N. Kadiresan and government pleader A.S. Subramani offered felicitations.
Principal District and Sessions Judge L. Yousuf Ali welcomed the gathering. Krishnagiri Chief Judicial Magistrate T. Tamilarasan proposed a vote of thanks.