Women Safety : Center Issues New Advisory To States & UT, Registration Of FIR Mandatory

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New Delhi : The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a new advisory to the States and Union Territories regarding the safety of women. It says that not following the rules will not be appropriate to get justice. It says that not following the rules will not be appropriate in order to get justice.

In this new advisory, the State Governments and all the Union Territories have been clearly given a guideline to work properly in cases of crimes against women and not to be negligent in cases.

In the guidelines given by the government, it is said that if there is any lapse in crimes against women, action should be taken against the guilty officers in the case. It is mandatory to file an FIR in the case of cognizable sexual offenses. The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the states that if a crime against the woman is outside the jurisdiction of the police station, then a ‘zero FIR’ should be registered.

It is clearly stated in the guidelines that Section 166 (A) of the Indian Penal Code allows action against policemen in case of non-registration of FIR. It is necessary to complete the investigation within 2 months in the case of rape of Section 173 of CRPC.

It has been said in the guidelines that in case of rape, forensic samples should be taken within 24 hours of the incident. Also, any statement written or verbally recorded by any victim in the case should be used as a relevant fact.

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