RECOMMENDATIONS EMERGED FROM CONSULTATIVE MEETING HELD ON 25TH SEPTEMBER, 2002 REGARDING INCREASING TREND OF CRIME AGAINST WOMEN IN METRO CITIES WITH SENIOR POLICE OFFICIALS OF METROS. OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF CRIME AGAINST WOMEN CELL, NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS, WOMEN ACTIVISTS, ADVOCATES AND ACADEMICS


  • Sensitization of the Prosecutors

    Prosecutors need to be sensitized to appreciate the importance of in- camera trial, keeping in mind the traumatic condition of the victim. Prosecutors should ensure that the police follow up .the cases regularly and systematically after filing the charge sheet. Prosecutors need to ensure that the identity of rape victims should not be disclosed. More women prosecutors should be appointed so that they could handle all crimes against women. The rape cases must be disposed off in a time-bound manner. Law officers should be associated with investigation.

  • Sensitization of Judiciary

    The discretion of Judges should be utilised in favour of the women victims. Family Courts should simplify procedures. 33% of judicial officers of all ranks should be women. At least one special court of judge or magistraate to deal exclusively with crimes against women should be created in every district. It would facilitate speedy justice. Preference should be given to the trial of crimes against women.

  • Sensitization of the police

    The Victim should be examined by police in the presence of a legal counsel. The Director General of Police must be made ex-officio member of every State Commission for Women. It would help to review the general scenario of crimes against women and to combat them. It would also ensure effective steps in dealing with violence against women. Specialised investigating units/cells should be created in the CBI and all state police agencies to deal with violence against women. Considering the fact that the police have only less than 10% female staff throughout the country , there is an urgent requirement of special recruitment of lady police personnel to ensure that there is at least one lady police official at each police station. Police should show utmost sensitivity in recording the statements of victims. Police should maintain a panel of doctors available in the community and ensure that only a lady doctor conducts the medico-legal examination of the victim. Legal Awareness and gender awareness camps should be held for the police, "Gender Awareness Week" should be observed annually by the police in the districts and at police stations.

    Provision of Flying Squad, a police van with a lady police officer must be made available in the central office of Crime Against Women Cell round the clock.

    All police stations should have a list of NGO's working in the area, whose services could be availed by the victim in case of requirement.

    List of important phone numbers of all police stations should be put up at Railway Stations. Alarm bells be installed in ladies compartment. Urchins' entry into the ladies compartment should be banned.

  • Sensitization of Media

    Media needs to be sensitised to gender issues. Media should be their own ombudsmen in ensuring that women are not depicted in poor light. Media should playa proactive role in inculcating gender sensitivity even from childhood and within family. Media should devote special slots for crimes against women and discuss all proactive aspects. The latest rulings and judgements be discussed so that the public are made aware of these rulings. Constitutional and legal rights are to be advertised and discussed regularly. Media should take a proactive role in creating public awareness on the rights and privileges of women. Press Council should be given more teeth so that they could intervene effectively to counteract objectionable publications. There must be mechanisms to sensitize Censor Boards and bring about a working dialogue between members of the Censor Board and citizens' groups.


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