Parliamentary panel focuses on effective handling of gender crime2 min read . Updated: 19 Nov 2020, 11:26 PM IST
The committee also decided to look at ways to bridge the gap between policy formulation and its implementation
NEW DELHI : The parliamentary panel on home affairs has decided to scrutinize handling of crimes against women by police and ongoing cases in fast-track courts related to atrocities against women, and also look at ways to bridge the gap between national policy formulation and its implementation at the state level.
Security of women has taken centre stage with increasing demand from citizens for better systems to handle crimes against women and swifter resolution of complaints and a demand from political parties for prompt action in such cases.
This comes against the backdrop of a 19-year-old woman being gangraped in September this year in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, and dying after a fortnight while undergoing medical treatment in Delhi. The incident had taken a political turn after most Opposition parties alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government was unable to protect women and control the law and order situation in the state.
On Wednesday, the parliamentary panel on home affairs, headed by senior Congress leader and former Union minister Anand Sharma, met for a second time over the last one month to discuss ‘atrocities and crimes against women’. Senior officials of the Union home ministry and Delhi Police were present at the meeting.
“The focus is to find out why there is such a huge gap between the policies and their implementation on the ground level. There are several laws related to creating safer spaces for women and handling crimes against women. However, we have observed that in reality everything from filing of complaints, following up on an investigation and getting justice in a legal case gets delayed," a person aware of developments said, requesting anonymity.
The members of the parliamentary panel have asked officials present in the meeting on Wednesday to give a more detailed response on the issue particularly with respect to data on crimes against women, said the person quoted above.
Members said that only informing that the crime rate in such instances has reduced does not help because in many such cases women find it difficult to go ahead and file police complaints or legal cases.
“The officials were asked if they feel there are any structural hindrances in the process. They were also asked if they think an overhaul is needed in the approach with which investigations related to such cases take place. They were told that there is a need for better sensitization when it comes to such cases and it cannot depend on social media outreach alone," the person cited above said.
The earlier meeting of the panel on the issue took place on 27 October.