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‘Officer can lose job if he turns woman complainant away`

Last Updated: Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 20:55

Mumbai: Claiming that city police had been now sensitised enough to deal properly with the crimes against women, though earlier there was "some insensitivity in the lower rung", Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh on Saturday said strict action would follow if a woman`s complaint is not entertained.

"My police force will not tolerate any incidents of eve- teasing or molestation. Earlier there was some insensitivity towards such cases in the lower rung, but we have held courses for them. Now every police official knows that if he does not take cognisance of a woman`s complaint pertaining to sexual offence, he can get dismissed," Singh said at a function organised by the Indian Merchants Chambers here.

With the change in police`s attitude, more and more women were coming forward to lodge complaints, he said. "Compared to 2010-11, last year the number of cases registered is four times more. This does not mean the offences committed has gone up. It means people are now not afraid to lodge a case against the accused."
On low conviction rates in cases of sexual offences, Singh said, "If the offences are committed by family members or relatives or boyfriend, then the victim (subsequently) either turns hostile or marries the accused. In such situations the police cannot be blamed."

The police commissioner also emphasized the need to
educate children to change the mindset early on. "When Raavan abducted Sita and kept her in confinement for 365 days, he did not touch her even once. Will that happen in today`s age ‘If a woman is kidnapped today do you think a man will refrain from touching her.’ Education needs to be imparted about gender equality and values," Singh said.

Talking about the alleged molestation of women constables during the Azad Maidan riot last year, Singh said during his tenure as police chief, he would not tolerate any kind of misbehaviour towards the force, especially the women personnel.


First Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 20:55
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