'No complainant of gender-related crime to be called at police station'
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced a slew of measures to effectively combat crimes against women and children. Stating this here, a spokesperson for the CM's office said these decisions were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Badal at his official residence here on Monday morning.chandigarh Updated: Dec 31, 2012 19:35 IST
Stating this here, a spokesperson for the CM's office said these decisions were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Badal at his official residence here on Monday morning.
The CM directed the police authorities that no complainant in gender-related cases would be called at police stations in future as a mark of respect for the dignity of women.
The complainant would be examined at her residence by the police authorities accompanied by a woman police official and that too in the presence of her family members.
The chief minister also told Punjab director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini to depute only gazetted officers not below the rank of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) as supervisory officers in investigating gender-related cases.
He also instructed that a dedicated telephone helpline managed by women constables would be set up in all police stations to deal with complaints of gender-related crimes so that the complainants could come forth with their grievances without any fear, hesitation or inhibition.
Meanwhile, the chief minister, in a letter to the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court, justice AK Sikri, impressed upon him to allocate dedicated courts in all districts of Punjab to ensure speedy trial of cases involving women and children.
The CM also constituted a four-member committee comprising the advocate general, principal secretary (home), the DGP and the director (prosecution and litigation) to recommend stricter laws to deal with the accused involved in dastardly acts against humanity, especially women and children, besides swifter procedures to be adopted for speedy prosecution. The committee has been asked to submit the report within 10 days.
The committee would also recommend measures to strengthen the prosecution wing assisting the courts so that perpetrators of heinous crimes against women and children could be booked expeditiously to ensure quick dispensation of justice to the victims.
Badal also told the DGP to depute at least a woman sub-inspector, besides requisite women constables, in each police station across the state to firmly deal with crimes against women and children. For this purpose, he also gave in-principle approval for the recruitment of 500 women sub-inspectors (SIs) to ensure their posting in police stations of the state.
Badal asked the advocate general, Punjab, to take up the matter in the high court so that the process for the recruitment of these 500 SIs could be initiated without further delay.
The CM directed the DGP to issue detailed guidelines instructing all SSPs/DCPs to monitor cases of crime against women and children on a daily basis and the ADGP (crime) on a weekly basis.
Badal also directed the SSPs/DCPs or seniormost SPs to be available in their offices from 10 to 11 am for attending to complaints of crime against women and children, besides ensuring their prompt redressal.
* Gazetted officers not below the rank of DSP to be supervisory officers for investigation of gender-related cases
* Dedicated helpline for gender-related complaints to be set up in police stations
* Four-member committee constituted to recommend stricter laws and swifter prosecution procedure
* In-principle approval to recruit 500 women sub-inspectors