Picture shown is for illustrative purposes only.
Taking cognizance of recent crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras and other states, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories (UTs) directing them for "mandatory" police action in such cases with compulsory registration of First Information Report (FIR).
It has further warned that any failure on the part of the police to adhere to the mandatory requirements in crime against women will be inquired and necessary action will be taken immediately against the concerned officers responsible for the lapses.
The advisory says, "It is requested that states and UTs may suitably issue instructions to all concerned to ensure strict compliance with the provisions in the law".
The Ministry also mentioned Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the investigation and prosecution of rape.
The states and the UTs have also been requested to monitor the cases on the Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) to ensure that suitable follow up action is taken on the charge sheet of the guilty in a timely manner as required in the law.
The Ministry issued the advisory on Friday -- days after a 19-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gang raped by four men in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras leading to her death. As similar crimes were reported in Jharkhand and Rajasthan,and other states leading to widespread protest and political outcry, the Ministry took the step to issue the fresh advisory.
In the advisory, the Ministry referred to its May 16, 2019 advisory on a "failure to record information under sub-section (1) of Section 154 of CrPC punishable under 166A of the Indian Penal Code". The MHA took reference of its another advisory dated December 5, 2019 regarding timely and proactive action by the police in cases of crimes against women.
The Ministry also mentioned Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the investigation and prosecution of rape against women issued by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), and added points regarding distribution of the Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits to states and UTs by BPR&D as described in MHA's letter dated October 5 this year.Indo-Asian News Service
The mortal remains of a 19-year-old Dalit woman from Hathras, who died in a Delhi hospital after sustaining serious injuries during an alleged gang rape, was cremated early Wednesday in her village amid tight security.
Two former K-pop stars had their prison sentences for gang-rape and spycam crimes significantly reduced on Tuesday, after a scandal that rocked South Korea last year.
According to the Moroccan media, two schoolgirls blew up the case, after they were seeking refuge in the health center located next to the educational institution in which they study.
Early voting on whether to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution and create a "Voice to Parliament" to give them an avenue to advise the government on matters affecting First Nations Australians began on Monday.
The client reportedly obtained financing for investment certificates and agreed to pay it in monthly installments. He also obtained a credit card with a monthly salary guarantee, but he did not commit to repaying it.
Koinu is expected to make landfall on Taiwan's southeastern coast near the city of Taitung on Thursday morning as a category three typhoon, but then weaken as it crosses the island's southern tip and enters the Taiwan Strait, according to Tropical Storm Risk.
While it is customary in the Pacific Coast city for people to stop on the left side of escalators and keeping the right open for those in a hurry, there have been instances of several people losing their balance and knocking others off as well.