Karnataka government issues order regarding setting up of special courts under RPWD Act 2016
To ensure speedy trial to people with disabilities, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 mandates the setting up of special courts. This has finally been brought into force in Karnataka.
The Karnataka government has issued Government Order that will bring much relief to the disabled community in the state. It has announced that 30 Special Courts will be appointed in the state with the specific purpose of bringing speedy justice to people with disabilities.
This is a crucial provision mandated under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016. Confirming the news State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Karnataka, V.S Basavaraju has said that the news should be widely disseminated to encourage the disabled community and their families so that they can seek justice.
The Karnataka government has issued an order directing that a Special Court in each district of the state will look into offences pertaining to the disabled community. There will be no new court set up as such, but this will be operated within the existing district courts. – V S Basavaraju, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Karnataka
Welcoming the news, Sarbani Mallick, Founder-Director, Biswagouri Charitable Trust, which reaches out to children with autism, says the Special Courts is an important step. ”This will save people with disabilities and their families endless waiting and harassment which they are subject to right now given the endless delays in the legal system. This is much needed”.
Echoing the sentiments, autism advocate and mom Chitra Paul, who is also the Course Coordinator for Autism, Karnataka Parents Association for Mentally Retarded Children (KPAMRC), hoped that there will be no lapse between policy and action. “This is an important announcement, but we hope that there will be no lag between policy and implementation as is often seen”.
More than three years after the RPWD Act came into effect, most states have been slow to bring into effect key provisions of the Act.