New Delhi, Jan. 4 : The Union Government on Friday recommended the immediate suspension of police officials who refuse to register complaints or first information reports (FIR), and has also advocated increasing the number of women police personnel throughout the country.
The recommendation was made during an interaction between Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh, state chief secretaries and police heads as part of discussions on measures to prevent crimes against women.
The meeting was called in the wake of the national outrage following the brutal rape and torture of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi on December 16. She succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29.
The police arrested six people, including a minor, on charges of rape, murder, kidnapping and destruction of evidence.
Singh said the incident highlighted the lack of safety for women in the country.
"The steps taken in the past have not been sufficient. For women, it's an ordeal to go and lodge complaint," Singh said at the meeting, which was presided over by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
"There should be no delay and hesitation in lodging an FIR (first information report). If a policeman refuses to lodge a case, he should be immediately suspended," Singh said.
Singh added that the Union Government has proposed the setting up of fast-track courts across the country and that the finance ministry is likely to support the plan.
Shinde said acts of violence against women and the weaker sections of society are unacceptable. "Even after 60 years of our independence and after enactment of numerous legislations, the rate of crime against women and SC/STs (scheduled castes/scheduled tribes) has not declined," Shinde said at the meeting.
He added: "It is apparent that legislations are only one part of the solution, but the principal difficulty lies at the implementation level, where sometimes the ground realities become a barrier for effective implementation of the law." (ANI)