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.