In September 2019, the Supreme Court had directed to set up exclusive special courts to handle Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) cases in districts having more than 100 cases. The Department of Justice has started a Centrally Sponsored Scheme to set up 1023 Fast Track special courts (FTSCs) for fast and time-bound completion of the trial relating to sexual offences.
- It is a part of National Mission for Safety of Womens.
- FTSCs will be set up all over the country. Out of total 31 states and Union territories have joined a scheme to set up 1023 fast track special courts (FTSCs)to dispose of over 1.60 Lakh cases of rape of children and women pending in various courts across the country.
- Out of total 389 of such courts will exclusively handle the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act as per the directions of the Supreme Court. The remaining 634 FTSCs will deal with either rape cases or both rape and the POCSO Act cases depending upon the pendency and requirement.
- There are 389 districts in the country where the number of pending cases under the POCSO Act exceeds 100. Therefore, as per the directives of the top court, in each of these districts one exclusive POCSO court will be set up which will try no other cases,.
- Each FTSC is expected to dispose of 41-42 cases in each quarter and at least 165 cases in a year. A total 1,66,882 cases of rape and the POCSO Act are pending trial in various courts across India.
- The aim is to ensure a safe and worth living environment especially for children and women. The Department of Justice will extend necessary assistance to the High Courts and State Governments in setting up these Fast Track Special Courts.