Police Officers Across All States/UTs To Be Re-Trained On Various Aspects Of Sexual Offences

| April 20 , 2018 , 10:54 IST

Taking action in the recent rise of sexual offences, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has issued a directive to all states and union territories, highlighting necessary steps to deal with sexual offences, including re-training of police officers on various aspects of sexual offences.

Union Minister for the Women and Child Development Ministry Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has written to chief ministers of all states and UTs regarding the steps to be taken to curb the crimes against women and children, a ministry release said on Thursday.

"All police officers should be re-trained on various aspects of sexual offences particularly those related to collection and preservation of evidence," the directive said.

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"Instructions may be issued to all police officers that utmost priority is to be given to complete the investigation of cases of sexual offences against children strictly as per the timelines of Law," it said.

"State Governments must take strict action against those police officers who are found to be obstructing the investigation or colluding with the perpetrators of such cases," the directive said.

"A quick and timely professional investigation is the only method in which a potential offender can be deterred but this can be done only by the states as the police department is the state subject," it said.

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Gandhi also advised setting up a special cell specially for sexual offences on children and offered help to the state governments in setting up Forensic Laboratories in the states for forensic analysis of evidence in sexual offences.

The Minister requested states to generate awareness among children using the e-box set up under POCSO with child-help line number 1098, and called for more suggestions from state government on dealing with crimes against women and children.

The directive comes at a time when the nation is in outrage over the brutal gangrape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.