Weighing in on the debate over violence against women, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Altamas Kabir pointed out that a large number of such cases are pending in high courts and trial courts, a trend that has seen a recent spurt.
The Chief Justice then went on to add: “Delay may be one of the factors contributing to rise in the number of such cases, in as much as, on account of such delay, deterrence pales into insignificance.”
And, he also argued that the time had come for the expeditious disposal of pending cases.
The Chief Justice has rightly reiterated the importance of the maxim: justice delayed is denied. But the solution has to be far more holistic.
The problem is far more structural. Often justice is denied because the case has been badly framed, either through errors of omission or commission. All the more reason for a wholesale overhaul.