Amid massive outrage over the Hathras alleged rape case and several other incidents of sexual assault surfacing from different states, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a fresh advisory for states on safety of women.

The Centre has issued a set of detailed guidelines and how to deal with crime against women and said that any failure of police to adhere to laid down rules does not augur well for the delivery of justice.

In its advisory, MHA has now said there should be compulsory registration of an FIR in case of a cognisable offence under the CrPC.

The law enables the police to register an FIR or a “Zero FIR”, in case the crime is committed outside the jurisdiction of police station, in the event of receipt of information on commission of a cognisable offence, which includes cases of sexual assault on women, the ministry said.

“However, even with stringent provisions in law and several capacity-building measures undertaken, any failure of police to adhere to these mandatory requirements may not augur well for the delivery of criminal justice in the country, especially in the context of women safety,” it said.

“Such lapses, if noticed, need to be investigated into and stringent action taken immediately against the concerned officers responsible for the same,” the advisory to states said.

The guidelines also specify, “Section 164-A of CrPC provides that in rape/sexual assault investigation the victim shall be got examined by a registered medical practitioner under consent within 24 hours from the time of receiving the information relating to the commission of such offence.”

The detailed three-page advisory of the Union Home Ministry comes just days after the alleged gangrape and murder of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras of Uttar Pradesh which sparked nationwide outrage and protests.

The Uttar Pradesh government was pulled by the Opposition for its inaction and also alleged intimidation of the Dalit victim’s family.

With inputs from India Today


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