Category: Society / January 24, 2013 11:48 AM EST
In a bid to address rising crimes against women in India, the first women's court was inaugurated to deal exclusively with crimes and atrocities against women in the Malda district of India's eastern West Bengal state on Wednesday (January 23).
It is reported that the court would have only female judges and staff to deal solely with offences against women.
The launch of the women's court is expected to bring significant improvements in Malda which tops the list of women trafficking cases and sexual crimes in the state.
Incidents of sexual harassment against women have continued despite widespread protests over the recent gang rape of a student in New Delhi.
The case also cast a spotlight on an epidemic of violence against women in India, where a rape is reported on average every 20 minutes.
Gender rights activists say sexual violence against women in largely patriarchal India is widespread, and crimes such as rape, dowry murders, acid attacks, honor killings, child marriages and human trafficking are common.