Patil asks policemen to be sensitive towards women victims
Mumbai: Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil on Thursday asked the police to be more sensitive while handling the cases pertaining to crime against women.
"Avoid unnecessary questions which would embarrass the woman who has come to the police station to file a complaint. Secrecy should be maintained and how to get scientific evidence from forensic lab should be learnt. Similarly, chargesheet should be filed at the earliest," Patil told a meeting of Inspector General-level officers at the DGP office this morning.
The minister said he had directed top police brass to sensitise officials on laws related to crime against women and hold regular workshops in this regard.
"Job of police should not end at detection but pursuing the case till it stands in the court. Investigators should follow the trial and coordinate with prosecution lawyers.
Government will recommend to the Centre to make eve-teasing a cognisable and non-bailable offence," Patil said.
He claimed as per the latest Central government statistics, crime against women in Maharashtra has declined by 1.5 per cent.