New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday
lamented that the police, prosecutors and judges were not
following detailed guidelines issued by his ministry on
handling of cases relating to crime against women keeping in
mind the sensibilities and sensitivities of the victim.
"There are very strict guidelines on how a case (crime
against women) should be investigated and prosecuted. I agree
that the guidelines are not followed in some cases by the
police, prosecutors and judges," he told the Lok Sabha during
He said the Centre from time-to-time impressed upon the
state governments that the guidelines must be followed so that
the "agony and sufferings" of the victim were lessened.
"I appeal to the police, prosecutors and judges to follow
the guidelines properly so that the problems of the victims
are lessened," he said.
Regarding the attacks on women foreign tourists, he said
though it was true that some women tourists were molested, it
was not proper to portray that India was not safe for foreign
He said the Centre had issued detailed advisory on safety
and security of foreign tourists and some state governments
had created a tourism police force.
"I hope that the state governments will take the advisory
seriously and implement it," he added.
On sex crimes against domestic helps, Chidambaram said
they were "quiet victims" due to the "kind of relationship"
and "unequal situation" they were in.
Arguing that if domestic helps get themselves organised,
as witnessed in some cities, it would be possible to sensitise
and educate them on the dangers they could face and how to
handle such situations.
"I agree that crime against women is a matter of grave
concern. It is unfortunate," he said, adding that the number
of cases was growing.
"But the police too were solving a large number of such
crimes and bringing culprits to book," he added.
He assured members that the Centre would continue to "do
its best" and impress upon the state governments to "do their
best" to ensure that women get justice.
Chidambaram said among the guidelines in the advisory
were thorough investigation and charge sheet against accused
within three months of date of occurrence, medical examination
in cases of rape without delay and creation of Special Women
police cells in police stations.
Women judges hearing cases of crime against women,
policemen not touching women victims, recording statement of
victim at her home in the presence of her parents, relatives
or women social workers and in camera hearing of the cases are
some of the other guidelines.