New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) As many as 156 family courts intended to speedily resolve family disputes are currently functioning in India, the largest number of them, 18, in Maharashtra, the Law and Justice Ministry said today.
Kerala has 16 such courts, Delhi, 15, Uttar Pradesh, 14, and Karnataka, 12, Chhattisgarh, 11, Andhra Pradesh, eight, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttaranchal, seven each, a Ministry statement said.
It said Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Manipur, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura and Pondicherry each has between one and six courts.
It said the centre encourages states to set up family courts in districts and provides funds on a 50:50 basis. Rs 10 lakh is provided to set up a family court and Rs five lakh for recurring expenditure.
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