The Punjab police will soon set up a bureau under which information pertaining to child sexual abuse will be sent to the child welfare committee (CWC) for arranging long-term rehabilitation of victims at the earliest.
Sumedh Singh Saini, director general of police (DGP), who was at the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) complex to pay tributes to the martyrs on the Police Commemoration Day on Tuesday, said they had formed a separate division called “bureau of investigation” for timely completion of investigating the cases of crimes against women and minors.
The DGP said station house officers (SHOs) would also report the rape cases involving minors to the CWC so that the victim’s rehabilitation process could begin.
HT has on several occasions exposed the city police’s failure in informing the CWC about rape cases involving minors despite clear guidelines of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
Singh said the separate bureau will prove a milestone to ensure a time-bound completion of investigation related to the criminal cases.
The DGP further said additional director general of police (ADGP) VK Bhawra will head the bureau and it will start working within two weeks.
Addressing the martyrs’ families, Saini said the state police had a history of gallantry. The state police force is better than their counterparts in other states, he claimed.
He said several officers and jawans who laid down their lives in the line of duty ensured a peaceful environment for all of us. He also encouraged new recruits to perform their duty following footsteps of martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country.
Meanwhile, 200 recruits from martyrs’ families joined police force on October 16. As many as 584 recruits recently joined the force on various posts.
Jagdev Singh of Patti in Tarn Taran said his father Major Singh, a head constable, died in 1991 in a terrorist attack at Jhabal in Amritsar.
He said he was unemployed before joining the force and his family was undergoing a financial crisis.
Praveen Kumari said her grandfather Bakshish Singh was a home guard and was killed in 1990. She said her two brothers had crossed the age limit and therefore she was given the job.
Several senior police officials, deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav, police commissioner Yurinder Singh Hayer, SSP (Rural) Narender Bhargava and others also paid tribute to the martyrs.