Indian varsities to profile cops after killings
Among the universities that signed a MoU with the bureau is the prestigious JNU and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.Updated: Feb 01, 2007, 18:22 IST
The murder of 21 people, mainly children, has led India to ask 11 universities to try and profile policemen guilty of ignoring the ghoulish serial crime, officials said on Thursday.
The announcement came a day after Indian detectives accused a policewoman of accepting bribes from a businessman charged with the rape and slaughter of the 21 victims in a bungalow dubbed the "House of Horrors".
The massacre spread over three years occurred in New Delhi's affluent satellite township of Noida, where police failed to respond to regular complaints of children going missing from nearby Nithari village.
Villagers say that as many as 40 children have gone missing since 2004.
India's Bureau of Police Research and Development on late Wednesday signed agreements with 11 domestic universities to conduct separate studies called "Reasons of non-registration of Cases by Police," the national agency said.
The universities will present their reports on May 4, said a statement from the Bureau, which is tasked with reforming India's archaic and corruption-ridden law enforcement agencies.
Six police personnel including the policewoman were sacked and three senior officers suspended on charges of criminal negligence for ignoring the appeals of parents of the murdered children.
Among the universities that signed a memorandum of understanding with the bureau is the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, a bureau spokesman added.
Police have charged Noida businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surinder Koli with raping and murdering 21 people, including girls as young as three years old.
The killings were unearthed following the recovery of 40 polythene bags packed with human body parts from the drainage at Pandher's stylish bungalow, located just outside Nithari, a village of 20,000 migrant workers.