Hold campaign to end crime against women:Panel to Delhi Police

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 05, 2013 17:46 hrs

New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel has asked Delhi Police to organise a mass campaign to end crime against women besides asking its personnel to be more alert at all times and give impetus to prevention of such crimes.

In a report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs said the figures given by Delhi Police do not match the cases reported in media about rape and molestation and stringent action should be taken against the culprits involved in harassing girls.

"The committee understands that merely counting the number of incidents does not justify the general perception. The committee believes that a mass campaign should be organised by Delhi Police against such incidents," the panel, headed by BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu, said.

The panel said the incidents of kidnapping also need to be curbed and such cases are to be handled more proficiently.

In its submission, the Home Ministry told the Committee that maximum attention is paid in solving the incidents of rape and other crimes against women in Delhi and all-out efforts are made to bring the perpetrators of such crimes to book.

During 2011, the workout percentage of rape cases in Delhi was as high as 97.5 per cent and molestation cases 95.4 per cent.

The ministry told the panel that on the request of Delhi Police, the Delhi High Court has issued directions to the district courts in Delhi that all gangrape cases be fast tracked.

It said reporting of kidnapping cases had increased due to direction of the Delhi High Court for registering FIR in every missing girl of age up to 18 years and for boy up to 16 years.

"In kidnapping cases the detection rate was 54.4 per cent in 2009 which improved to 70.7 per cent in 2011. The strength of women police staff has been increased in police stations," the ministry told the committee in its action taken report.

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