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Indian Supreme Court hears petition to suspend MPs facing sex crimes

Indian Supreme Court hears petition to suspend MPs facing sex crimes

Updated 3 January 2013, 21:50 AEDT

As the murder trial of the gang-rape suspects got underway in New Delhi, the Supreme Court began a hearing demanding the automatic suspension of politicians facing prosecution for crimes against women.

It also calls for the fast-tracking of the thousands of rape cases languishing in India's notoriously slow court system.

Professor Jagdeep Chhokar is a principal at the Association for Democratic Reforms - which tracks politicians across the country facing legal action. He says six state and two national MPs are currently facing charges of serious crimes against women.

Presenter: Corinne Podger

Speaker: Professor Jagdeep Chhokar, Association for Democratic Reforms, India

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