Following outrage over the Hathras rape case, Home ministry in an advisory to the states directed that each one relevant laws and guidelines in cases of sexual abuse and crimes against women be strictly enforced. Any lapses, if noticed, got to be investigated and stringent action taken immediately against the concerned officers, the ministry has stated.
According to the advisory issued on Saturday, the Union home ministry has primarily stressed on three sections of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr PC) that specialise in “compulsory registration of FIR”, completion of investigation associated with rape cases within 60 days along side a compulsory checkup which should be conducted with the individual’s consent by a professional medical professional within 24 hours of receiving information of such a criminal offense .
“It is requested that states/UTs, may suitably issue instructions to all or any concerned to make sure strict compliance with the provisions within the law… also requested to watch the cases on ITSSO (an online portal to trace sexual offence cases) to make sure suitable follow up action,” the notice said.
The ministry further said that “failure of police to stick to those mandatory requirements might not augur well for the delivery of criminal justice within the country, especially in context of girls safety,” and warned of “stringent action” against those not following these rules.