HC seeks details on ‘surging’ divorce cases in JK

SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court has sought a reply from principal and session judges on whether the number of divorce cases has increased in Jammu and Kashmir?
In a letter to all the principal and session judges across the 22 districts on Saturday, Registrar General Kaneez Fatima directed them to furnish their reply within two days.
Besides the session judges have been asked to provide details regarding the number of divorce cases pending under family courts as on as 31 December 2013. They have also been asked to delineate steps taken to expedite the cases.
Meanwhile, Chief Justices N Paul Vasanathakumar has expressed dissatisfaction over the disposal of old cases, the Registrar General said in a separate communication to the judicial officers.
“His lordship has desired that 5 and 10 year old cases shall be taken up on priority basis so that back log of these cases is cleared,” Kaneez Fatima said and impressed upon all the principal district and session judges to submit progress report of their respective district after every three months in the first week of the preceding quarter so that the progress of the cases is monitored.