Legal action against officers who did not act on harassment complaints: Govt

The government on Wednesday assured Rajya Sabha that legal action will be taken against police officers who did not register cases on complaints of sexual harassment.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:February 28, 2013 2:11 am

The government on Wednesday assured Rajya Sabha that legal action will be taken against police officers who did not register cases on complaints of sexual harassment.

Responding during question hour,Minister of State (Home) Mullapally Ramachandran said,“We are already proceeding against some of the officers. For the benefit of the House,I may inform that departmental proceedings have been initiated against one Special CP,one Joint CP,one DCP,one Additional DCP,all of whom are in the IPS cadre,and two DANICS officers dealing with PCR Control Room and Traffic,” he said.

He said departmental proceedings have also been initiated against one senior DANICS officer posted as Secretary,State Transport Authority,GNCTD. In addition,one inspector and seven constables have already been suspended. The Assistant Secretary,Transport Authority,GNCTD,has also been suspended.

Dismissing the allegation that women are not safe in Delhi,Ramachandran told Rajya Sabha: “It is not as bad as compared to other states… Delhi stands at 16th-17th place as compared to other states.”

Maintaining that several measures have been taken to check crime in the city following the December 16 gangrape incident,he said a “large number of women are going confidently to the police station and registering complaints”.

“If you say that crime against women has increased,it is because of these complaints,” he said. He said departmental proceedings have been initiated against police officers,including IPS officers,for not registering complaints.

Following the Delhi gangrape case,he said two ACP-rank officers have been suspended besides an inspector and a constable. To a question on security of women from north eastern states in the capital,he said all necessary steps are being taken in this regard.

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