Maneka Gandhi writes to all the CMs to take preventive measures to curb crimes against women
In a letter addressed to Chief Ministers of all the States/UTs, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development has outlined various steps to be taken by the States/UTs in preventing and curbing the crimes against women and children.
She has emntioned in the letter that:
- All police officers should be re-trained on various aspects of sexual offences particularly those related to collection and preservation of evidence.
- Instructions may be issued to all police officers that utmost priority is to be given to complete the investigation of cases of sexual offences against children strictly as per the timelines of Law.
- State Governments must take strict action against those police officers who are found to be obstructing the investigation or colluding with the perpetrators of such cases.
- A quick and timely professional investigation is the only method in which a potential offender can be deterred but this can be done only by the states as the police department is the state subject.
- Forming a special cell only for sexual offences or especially for sexual offences on children, would be a significant step in this regard.
She has further insisted that the Women and Child Development Minister offered help to State Governments in establishing Forensic Laboratories in states which can be used for forensic analysis of evidence in the investigation of sexual offences.The letter also stressed that Section 21 of the POCSO Act may be invoked in all cases wherever failure to report or record is noted.
File photo of Maneka Gandhi