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Cops get training in handling cases of crime against women

India on 29 June 2013
Location : ALLAHABAD, India | Source : Times of India. Image Source: Flickr User Mickey Sugarless

ALLAHABAD: Acknowledging that criminal law (amendment) ordinance 2013 has been implemented in view of increasing cases of crime against women across the nation, the police top brass have been briefing their subordinates about important aspects and amendments in the IPCthat are helpful in investigation and prosecution.

Inspector general of police, Allahabad zone, Alok Sharma told TOI, "We organized a series of workshops and training schedules to apprise the police force, especially investigation officers, sub-inspectors and constables about the amendments and their implementation in eight districts of the zone." He added that cops have also been imparted training on gender sensitization and informed about the purpose of the amendments.

With these amendments in place, the fairer sex gets the right of self-defence in case of an acid attack and police officials would also be punished if they fail to lodge complaints/FIRs related to crime against women. Secondly, they also provide for stringent punishment for crimes against women such as acid attacks, stalking, voyeurism, sexual harassment, assault to disorder, rape and causing death or vegetative state, and human trafficking. The punishments range from life term to death penalty for repeated offenders.

More importantly, a woman police official would be registering and probing the cases and there has been a provision of free treatment for acid attack victims in both government and private hospitals. Perpetrators involved in acid attack or its attempt would be booked under appropriate sections and would be getting punishments up to 10 years jail and fine.

As per National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) statistics, over 23,000 cases of crime against women were registered in UP in 2012. The highest cases (30,942) of crime against women in the country were reported from West Bengal. Pointedly, West Bengal accounted for 12.67% of the total crime committed against women in the country while Kolkata ranked the third most unsafe metropolis for women, behind Delhi and Bangalore.

Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh registered 28,171 and 23,569 cases respectively. Cases of rape, dowry deaths, molestation, sexual harassment and other crimes against women in the country rose by 6.4% in 2012 from the previous year.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 was the ordinance that was promulgated by the President of India on February 3, 2013 and the the bill sought to make amendments in the Code of Criminal Procedure, Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act as well as Indian Evidence Act.

The bill states that offender could be given an imprisonment of not less than 20 years, extendable up to life term. The bill also includes provisions for death sentence for offenders who are convicted earlier for such crimes. Besides, this was the first time when the bill described voyeurism and stalking as the non-bailable offences, in case these are repeated. More importantly, perpetrators of acid attacks would be sentenced to a 10-year jail term.

IG, meanwhile, said that cops have been asked to take up crime cases against women sincerely and act as per the law.

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