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The Nagaland government has designated the session’s court in each district of the state as special court for the purpose of providing speedy trial for offences committed against persons with disabilities.

State commissioner for persons with disabilities Diethono Nakhro said this in a notification on Sunday.

In a separate notification, the government has designated all public prosecutors, additional public prosecutors and assistant public prosecutors in the state as special prosecutor for the purpose of conducting cases in these special courts.

These notifications are in compliance with Sections 84-85 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016.

The government said Chapter XVI (Sixteen) of the Act provides for penalties for offences committed against persons with disabilities and also for violation of the provisions of the law.

These have been made punishable by a fine of an amount extendable up to five lakhs.

Anyone who intentionally insults or intimidates a person with disability, or sexually exploits a woman or child with disability shall be punishable with imprisonment between six months to five years including fine, the notification said.

It also said whoever fraudulently avails or attempts to avail any benefit meant for persons with benchmark disabilities will be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine which may extend to Rs 1 lakh or both.

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