Delhi Police Stations will have 24/7 task forces to assist victims of crime, Chief Asthana says

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana (center) at press conference Wednesday | Photo: Bismee Taskin / ThePrint

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New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said on Wednesday police stations in the national capital will have a separate investigative team made up of inspector-rank officers, available 24/7 to assist victims of crime.

“Previously, it was difficult for complainants to file their grievances at police stations. The investigation also took time, ”said the commissioner. “With a special unit in each police station now, things are improving. ”

Asthana was speaking at an interaction hosted by the Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC), where, in addition to changes to policing, he spoke about the increase in cybercrime and concerns about the safety of women . The officer has completed four months of his tenure as chief of police in the capital.

Asthana also pointed out that he had appointed six female DCP in all districts, with the aim of prioritizing the safety of women.

“Currently, in addition to the six DCPs, we have eight ACP women and nine SHOs. This has been done strategically in areas where we anticipate the need for more female officers to deal with crimes against women, ”said Asthana.

The commissioner aI also talked about how special attention is paid to policing and merging Police Control Rooms (PCRs) with local police.

“Police response time (SOS) has gone from seven to eight minutes (earlier) to 3 minutes 8 seconds now,” he said.

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Integrated police cabins

Asthana also said “integrated police booths” will soon be facilitated in areas where connectivity and range are weaker, to improve women’s safety.

“Integrated kiosks across the city will soon be operational. They will operate in accordance with the local police and traffic police, ”Asthana said.

Regarding concerns about the behavioral problems faced by complainants, particularly in cases of sexual assault and domestic violence, the commissioner said all police personnel receive ‘soft skills’ training to ensure that these questions are handled sensitively.

He also released police data which showed 1,725 ​​cases of rape had been reported in the capital through October 31. There were also 3,117 cases of abduction of women and 3,724 cases of cruelty by husbands or in-laws.

Police analysis also found that of the total rape cases filed, 46 percent of defendants include family and friends, 11 percent neighbors, 14 percent extended family or relatives. , 28 percent other known people and 1 percent unknown people.

Cybercrime and snatching

Speaking about the rise in cybercrime, Asthana said 7,000 police officers have completed a three-month training course to tackle high-tech crimes.

“We are aware that there has been a frantic increase in cybercrimes,” he said. “Dedicated cyber police stations will be set up in each district (15 police districts) to deal with such cases. They will be operational from December 1.

The Commissioner also recognized the need for a separate IPC section for grubbing up. Data shows 7,504 such cases through October 31.

Currently, kidnapping cases are recorded by combining two sections of the IPC – 379 (theft) and 356 (use of criminal force) – and the offender is punished with a maximum sentence of three years for theft and two years for use of criminal force.

“Other states like Haryana already have an amendment to the IPC for grubbing. Delhi Police are also seeking to make similar changes to the law to penalize these offenders, ”Asthana said.

The case has been in talks since 2017 and has come to light after a 25-year-old woman was murdered in an attempted chain kidnapping in March this year.

(Edited by Arun Prashanth)

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