April 15, 2016 12:52:45 am
Uttar Pradesh DGP Javeed Ahmed Thursday passed directions for police officials on how to tackle cases of crime against women from the time of registering the FIR to the completion of the investigation.
With directions that subordinate police officials should be made adequately aware of all the defined procedures in handling cases of crime against women, Ahmed ordered the officials to register the FIR without delay and to ensure that a woman police officer is compulsorily available at every police station to take information from the complainant as per the revised CrPC provisions.
According to a DGP headquarters spokesperson, the directive says that the statement of a victim of eve-teasing and rape under CrPC section 161 will be recorded by a female police officer and the whole process will be videographed.
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The spokesperson said if the victim requires legal help and she or her family has not contacted any lawyer, the police officer on duty will arrange an advocate or paralegal volunteer from district legal services authority.
The DGP has directed that circle officers be immediately informed about cases of crime against women. These officers will personally oversee the entire investigation process and initiate necessary action. He said the woman police officer will take the victim for medical examination soon after completing the preliminary investigation.
In cases of rape, the victim’s statement will be immediately recorded before the magistrate, and in case she is produced before the magistrate after 24 hours, the investigating officer will have to mention the reasons for delay in the case diary and produce its copy before the magistrate, the spokesperson said.
According to the directions, the victim will not be called to the police station or any other place to record her statement under the CrPC section. The procedure will be carried out either at her residence or any other place of her choice in the presence of her parents, guardian, relative or a social worker.
He said that there is a provision in CrPC for audio or video recording of every statement taken down by the police. The investigation of cases of rape against children should be completed within three months, the spokesperson added.
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