Deploy lady officers in police station: court to police chief
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 04, 2010, 18:47
New Delhi: Taking strong exception to a male police officer investigating a rape case, a Delhi court has asked the police chief to deploy adequate number of lady officers to deal with cases relating sexual assaults.

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said it should be brought to the knowledge of the City Police Commissioner so that he could examine why women police officers were not engaged for investigating the cases relating to violence against women despite a standing order in this regard.

"It is rather surprising to note the shortage of lady police officers at the level of police stations to handle investigations of sexual assault cases, which is despite the fact that the Delhi Police is supposedly credited with a record number of lady police officers" the court said.

It pointed out that the male officers investigating the cases involving crime against women was against the mandate of the apex court as well as the guidelines.

"This aspect is required to be placed before the Commissioner of Police, Delhi as it would be desirable for him to examine why sufficient number of lady police officers have not been posted at police stations for dealing with crime against women, particularly sexual assault cases, resulting in violation of their own guidelines regarding investigation of rape cases," the court said.

The court directed that it was necessary that immediate steps should be taken to remedy the situation and ensure that sufficient number of lady police officers are made available in the police stations round the clock.

It further said that if due to any exigency, the lady officers are not available, then lady officers from other police stations in the district should be immediately put on the job rather than deputing male officers to handle the investigations.

The court made the remarks while noting that a male Sub Inspector had investigated a case of rape against a minor victim and the senior police officers, including an Assistant Commissioner of Police, had attributed it to non-availability of woman police officers.

"It is certainly a matter of serious concern which required to be highlighted before the Commissioner of Police, Delhi," the court said.

As per the guidelines issued to the Delhi police, as soon as a complaint with regard to sexual assault is received, the duty Officer posted at a police station is required to call a lady police officer to make the victim and her family comfortable.

It also required that the probe of the case has to be referred to the officer, preferably a lady, of not less than the rank of Sub Inspector who is imparted appropriate training to deal with such victims.


First Published: Saturday, December 04, 2010, 18:47

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