New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Sunday said that the Delhi gangrape incident in December 2012 was not an isolated occurrence and episodes like that happened every day. He added that there can't be knee-jerk reactions to such cases and they need to be tackled in a proper way. Kabir was presiding over the conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of high courts in the capital.
Earlier this year in March, the CJI had made a similar comment and said that, "What happened on December 16 in Delhi was sad and bad and something extraordinary, but at the same time not unique. This was made into a kind of an iconic situation." Kabir was then speaking at an event organised by the Calcutta High Court to mark International Women's Day.
At the conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of high courts on Sunday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also spoke on the need to act more decisively to protect women. He said, "There is a need to sensitise the judiciary on gender issues. Number of judges should be increased to reduce pendency and delay in disposal of cases. There is a need for fast-track courts to try cases involving vulnerable sections including women and the elderly."
Sunday's conference aimed to address pressing issues related to the country's justice delivery system. It is expected to produce definite outcomes in the form of resolutions for implementation both by the judiciary and the state governments.