Satyen­der Jain di­rects foren­sics labs to com­plete ex­am­i­na­tion within a month

Millennium Post - - CITY - ROUSHAN ALI

NEW DELHI: In an ef­fort to en­sure the timely com­ple­tion of in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion in cases of crime against women, girl child and POCSO of­fences, the Delhi gov­ern­ment on Mon­day di­rected the Home Depart­ment that such cases be at­tended on pri­or­ity ba­sis.

Delhi Home Min­is­ter Satyen­der Jain, in a writ­ten di­rec­tion to Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary (Home) Manoj Parida, said, “Keep­ing in view the ever in­creas­ing in­ci­dents of crime against women, girl child, Pocso of­fences, 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 foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion is com­pleted within a month,” the di­rec­tion noted.

Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Sun­day said his gov­ern­ment would amend the law to se­cure death penalty for the rapists of mi­nor girls.

As per the NCRB re­port, Delhi has re­ported the max­i­mum num­ber of rape cases among 19 ma­jor cities at 40 %, besides the high­est crime rate in 2016. Sim­i­larly, the na­tional cap­i­tal has got the du­bi­ous dis­tinc­tion of top­ping the list in cases of mur­der, kid­nap­ping and ab­duc­tion, ju­ve­niles com­mit­ting crimes and eco­nomic of­fences. In­ci­dents of rape in Delhi have steadily in­creased since the in­ci­dent, ris­ing from 706 in 2012 to 2,199 in 2016.

Delhi re­ported 33% (13,803 cases out of to­tal 41,761 cases in 19 cities) of to­tal crimes against women, fol­lowed by Mum­bai at 12.3% (5,128 cases) last year among the 19 cities with pop­u­la­tion above two mil­lion. The cap­i­tal re­ported nearly 40% of rape cases and nearly 29% of each of cru­elty by hus­band and his rel­a­tives and dowry deaths, the NCRB data said.

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