Supreme Court sets up 'social justice bench'

Activists hope that the move will show very quick results

Published: Thursday 04 December 2014

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The Supreme Court has ordered to set up a special 'Social Justice Bench' to exclusively hear cases concerning social issues. The issues would range from women safety to mid-day meals in schools and night shelters for the under privileged.

The special bench will comprise justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit.

“Chief Justice HL Dattu said starting next week, the Social Justice Bench will meet every Friday afternoon to handle Public Interest Litigations (PILs) and other petitions on issues ranging from the availability of night shelters for the homeless to whether children in government schools are being provided free mid-day meals and the efficacy of the Public Distribution Scheme which is meant to provide poor families access to subsidised grain,” says an NDTV report.

The report has also quoted activist Nikhil Dey as saying, “I think this is a really encouraging step. We really hope that it will show very quick results.” 

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