Notice from Center to States on Crimes Against Women Amid Hathras Outrage


New Delhi:

Faced with an avalanche of criticism directed at governments for their failure to protect women from horrific crimes – a failure that was highlighted after the horror of Hathras in Uttar Pradesh – the center reminded state governments and of the UT the existing guidelines for “compulsory action by police in cases of crimes against women”.

These include “mandatory FIR registration”, completion of (rape) investigation within two months, and medical examination in case of rape or sexual assault, a case to be treated by a competent physician within 24 hours of receipt of such a crime.

The center said that “police failure to comply with these mandatory requirements may not bode well for the implementation of criminal justice in the country, particularly in the context of women’s safety” and said warned against “tough measures” against those who break these rules.

The recall of existing laws comes amid harsh criticism from the UP government and police for its handling of the Hathras tragedy, in which a 20-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped and tortured by four so-called men. upper castes.


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