Delhi Police commissioner has been asked by a court to explain why women officers are not being posted in the national capital’s outer and north-west districts that have a high sexual crime rate.
The court’s order came while framing charges in a rape case where it was apprised that the case was investigated by a male police officer due to non-availability or posting of a female officer of the rank of assistant sub inspector or above in Sultanpuri.
“It surprises me that in the Capital of the country, the police force are facing shortage of female officers of the rank of assistant sub inspector and above for handling investigations of rape cases,” additional sessions judge (ASJ) Kamini Lau said.
“Why is that the Delhi Police administration is seriously handicapped in posting adequate number of trained female officers in an area with a high crime rate, especially related to sexual offences against women,” Lau said.
The court also wondered whether there was an actual shortage of female officers and has asked the commissioner of police to look into the matter.
“It has become necessary for this court to highlight this state of affairs to the commissioner of police for his indulgence so that the issue can be appropriately resolved at his level and a strict compliance of the directions of the various courts of law and the departmental standing orders is ensured,” the judge said.