Bangalore: Observing that nearly 70 per cent of the cases go against the prosecution, Karnataka High Court on Wednesday asked the State Government as to what it is doing to protect the witness, investigation officer and the victim in serious cases like rape and murders.
Hearing a batch of petitions, the court said, "It is not just the victim who requires protection, but also the witness. There are incidents where victims have been taken to hospitals and the statements have changed."
The Investigation Officers should be protected from pressure and the probe should commence and conclude on a day to day basis, while scientific tools should be used to aid it, the Bench comprising Chief Justice DH Waghela and Justice BV Nagarathna said.
Pointing out to the recent alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl in the state, the court said that such matters pertaining to security should be settled locally, it is the basic duty of the Police to provide security.
The court stated that the Government should ensure that the criminals don’.,t go scot free and observed "seventy per cent of the people in serious crimes are getting away. Is it not ironic that murder is committed, but nobody is punished. We will have to start imposing heavy penalty, If there is no commitment, the government shall pay compensation to the victims. That’s the only remedy".
Stating that investigations were inordinately delayed, the court observed in several cases, the investigation goes on for months and the witness had no protection.
The court stated that the state must have a machinery, where an Investigation Officer will be held responsible.
"We will not tell you how to investigate, but you will be made accountable for it....The Investigation Officer will be made accountable. He will be involved in the case right from filing FIR till the end of the case".