Hooda asks police officials to ensure justice for rape victims

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Following several incidents of rape reported in the last few days, Haryana CM announces measures check crime against women

Tehelka.com Bureau
Chandigarh

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday 12 October announced a series of measures to effectively check crime against women, especially incidents of rape and ensure speedy trial of the cases.

The chief minister, who reviewed the steps being taken to check crime against women in a meeting with senior officials of the state government and state police department on Friday, announced to set up a state-wide single number helpline for women.

He also announced to appoint a senior police officer of the level of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) to exclusively supervise these measures and ensure speedy trials of the cases of crime against women. This police officer would report to the Director General of Police, who would forward the report to the Home Secretary every week. The ADGP would visit all districts personally to ensure effective monitoring of investigation and prosecution in both new and existing cases.

Hooda also announced that at district level, the police would be empowered to avail the services of special prosecutors so that the criminals involved in crime against women get stringent punishment. A senior female police official will also be posted to facilitate women in getting their complaints lodged with the police.

The Chief Minister also directed that the field officers, especially the Superintendents of Police should fix a specific time to meet mediapersons daily. This, he said, would help in ensuring effective communication with the public through media. He said that officers of the rank of Inspector General and Superintendent of Police should be easily accessible to the public. Also, in case of any incident of crime, they should visit the affected persons without any delay.

Hooda said that the Deputy Commissioners have also been asked to remain alert and promptly redress the grievances of the people. He said that police patrolling would also be ensured as it would instill confidence among the people and create fear in the minds of anti-social elements.

Hooda also approved the proposal to recruit Public Relations Officers to be attached with District Superintendents of Police, Inspector Generals of Range and Director General of Police (Headquarters) for media related work. Also, Haryana government has, through a written communication, urged the Punjab and Haryana High Court to ensure speedy trial of cases against women, especially those concerning incident of rape.

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