NEW DELHI: The ministry of home affairs on Saturday directed all states and Union territories to strictly enforce laws and guidelines concerning sexual abuse on women and take stringent action against officers liable for lapses.
“Any lapses, if noticed, got to be investigated and stringent action taken immediately against the concerned officers liable for an equivalent ,” the MHA statement said.
As per the order of the Union govt, all the states are required to register an FIR, collection of evidence for forensic examination and use of sexual abuse Evidence Collection (SAEC) kit, completion of investigation in sexual abuse cases in two months, use of National Database on Sexual Offenders for identifying and tracking repeat sexual offenders etc.
In case the crime is committed outside the jurisdiction of a police headquarters , the victim can file a “Zero FIR”.
However, even with stringent provisions in law and a number of other capacity building measures undertaken, any failure of police to stick to those mandatory requirements might not augur well for the delivery of criminal justice within the country, especially within the context of girls safety,” it said.
The government’s order comes at a time when the Uttar Pradesh government is facing criticism from opposition parties and activists for its alleged shoddy investigation into the alleged gang-rape and death of a 19-year-old girl in Hathras.