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Top India court slams rape acquittals

AFP-JIJI

India’s top court has criticized the large number of rape cases that end in acquittal, amid renewed outrage over violence against women after the gang-rape of a photographer.

The Supreme Court questioned the reason for the high number of acquittals during a Monday hearing, adding that the situation “is going from bad to worse.”

“What is wrong with the system? Why are 90 percent of rape cases ending in acquittals? The situation is going from bad to worse,” Justice R.M Lodha told the court in New Delhi.

The two-judge bench also ordered the country’s states to come up with better systems to compensate and rehabilitate victims of rape as well as to improve protection for victims and witnesses.