The attitude of policemen from the constable upwards upto the DG of police has to change. It has to be ingrained in the minds of policemen during their training that a rape should be treated as seriously as an act of terrorism or a murder. This change can be brought about only by having a separate and special training capsule on crime against women in our police training institutions.
When I was trained as an IPS officer in the Central Police Training College at Mount Abu in 1961-62, crime aginst women was given very low attention in the syllabus. The syllabus has to change giving the same importance to crime against women as to other categorized heinous offences.In the final examinations, there has to be a separate paper on crime against women.
The annual confidential reports of police officers, which determine their promotion, should have a separate column to assess their performance with the regard to the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crime against women.
Image: Women hold placards outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit during a protest over the gang rape and beating of a young woman in New Delhi, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.(AP)