New Delhi, 7 February: Nearly 24,000 rape cases are pending in various high courts of the country while more than 8,000 of them have been disposed of in the past three years, the government said today. As on 31 December, 2013, 309 cases related to sexual harassment, kidnapping abduction were pending in the Supreme Court, while 687 similar cases were disposed of between 2011-13 by the SC. Law minister Kapil Sibal informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that 23,792 rape cases were pending in 21 high courts as on 30 September, 2012. Between October, 2009 and September, 2012, 8,772 cases were disposed of by the high courts.     PTI