Pri­ori­tise rape cases: Govt to labs

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: To en­sure speedy trial in cases re­lated to crimes against women, the Delhi govern­ment on Mon­day di­rected the home de­part­ment to en­sure that all lab ex­am­i­na­tions re­lated to crimes against women sent to the govern­ment’s foren­sic science lab­o­ra­tory are com­pleted within a month.

Home min­is­ter Satyen­dar Jain wrote to the prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary (home) Manoj Parida ask­ing him to en­sure that such cases are given top pri­or­ity. In the wake of the na­tional out­rage over Kathua and Un­nao rape cases, the govern­ment be­lieves this step could be a sig­nif­i­cant move to­wards de­ter­ring peo­ple from com­mit­ting crimes against women in the city.

“Keep­ing in view the ev­er­in­creas­ing in­ci­dents of crimes against women, all such cases re­ferred for foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion need to be at­tended ur­gently for ear­li­est com­ple­tion of pros­e­cu­tion. Ac­cord­ingly, please en­sure that such cases are given top pri­or­ity and a foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion is com­pleted within a month,” Jain said in the or­der.

Cur­rently, the sam­ples sent to the FSL are not ex­am­ined within a lim­ited time­frame, re­sult­ing in a de­lay in the trial. The Delhi govern­ment FSL re­ceives a lot of re­quests from Delhi Po­lice for var­i­ous foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tions re­quired to solve cases of crime. “Even in crit­i­cal cases in­volv­ing a se­ri­ous crime against women, the lab re­ports in mat­ters for­warded to the Delhi govern­ment’s FSL are de­layed by months and some­times even by around a year,” said a Delhi Po­lice of­fi­cer.

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