India has a strong tradition of judicial activism for social change and comprehensive laws designed to combat sexual violence against women.
Yet such crime has significantly escalated. In December 2012, a widely publicized assault occurred in Delhi. The victim's death triggered a frantic response from many quarters including legal scholars, religious leaders, global media, and government officials. The central government undertook a comprehensive review of existing mechanisms to deter future crimes against women. Its findings led to the creation or designation of "fasttrack" courts to adjudicate cases involving sexual crime against women.
"Speeding up Sexual Assault Trials: A Constructive Critique of India's Fast-Track Courts,"
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