Centre issues fresh advisory to states on women safety; says police must adhere to laid down norms

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Centre issues fresh advisory to states on women safety; says police must adhere to laid down norms

The Centre has issued a fresh advisory to states on the safety of women and how to deal with crime against them and said any failure of police to adhere to laid down rules does not augur well for the delivery of justice. The detailed three-page advisory of the Union Home Ministry came days after the alleged gangrape and murder of a woman at Hathras in Uttar Pradesh sparked nationwide outrage.

The home ministry said there should be compulsory registration of an FIR in case of a cognizable offense under the CrPC. The law also enables the police to register an FIR or a “Zero FIR”, in case the crime is committed outside the jurisdiction of the police station, in the event of receipt of the information on the commission of a cognizable offense, which includes cases of sexual assault on women, the ministry said. “However, even with stringent provisions in law and several capacity-building measures undertaken, any failure of police to adhere to these mandatory requirements may not augur well for the delivery of criminal justice in the country, especially in the context of women’s safety,” it said.

“Such lapses, if noticed, need to be investigated into and stringent action is taken immediately against the concerned officers responsible for the same,” the advisory to states said.

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