By: SANTOSHEE GULABKALI MISHRA
Following the guidelines of Supreme Court on tackling crime against women, the Thane Police Commissionerate will begin a training workshop for senior women police officers from January 13.
The module is designed to update women officers with new guidelines on handling and probing cases of crime against women in terms of legal view. To support this, the city commissioner, Vijay Kamble has planned a workshop for 70 senior women police officers.
“It will begin with 70 senior women police officers picked from several police stations under Thane Commissionerate,” said Vijay Kamble, Thane Police Commissioner. The training programme is in charge of two women officers, Monika Raut, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Vartak Nagar )and Dr Rashmi Karandikar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic).
“We are releasing a guidance booklet ( margdarshika) on the Supreme Court guidelines.This booklet will cover various aspects in terms of information covering topics like conviction, SC guidelines, and Bombay High Court guidelines on how to go about probing such cases,” said Monika Raut, assistant commissioner of police (Vartak Nagar ). “The workshop is designed to include techniques to understand the psychology and mental frame of a rape victim, the trauma, and also the taboo and fears she might have in her mind while registereing the case, “ added Kamble.
According to the new guidelines, in case of rape cases and crime against women, the investigation will be handled by women officers. “We will be training them on how to record the statements of the victims. It also mentions that the public prosecutor and the magistrate should be women. These are the important guidelines that the women police officers should be aware of while handling crime cases against women,” said V V Laxminarayana, JCP.
“The cops dealing with such cases should be able to win the confidence of the victim and convince her to give a proper statement,” added Laxminarayana..
“Women police officers from almost all police stations have been invited to attend the workshop. They will also be taught to gather evidences to make sure the offenders are punished in the proper sections of the Indian Penal Code and CrPC,” said Rashmi Karandikar, DCP (Traffic).
Cops to get tips on ‘cellular forensics’ probe
In an unique initiative, the Thane Police Commissionerate has begun a full-fledged forensic training module for all its detection officers on mobile phones and cellular forensics.
“Mobile forensics has become very crucial. The training is to equip them to probe better and improve their scope beyond call data records,” said a senior officer.
According to senior officials, the training includes acclimatisation of officers with the various softwares peculiar to different models of phone sets, and understanding phone call dynamics. A special module is dedicated just to teach them techniques to track a phone call.
“In case of threat phone calls, the message centre of the handset is equally important while tracking the caller, said an officer. Concepts like clone SIM cards have also been designed in the curriculum. The growing incidences of mobile messages backed crime has seen callers getting intimation or alerts from servers based in different countries or anonymous destinations. “These forensic classes are to ensure mobile phone is used as a tool to crackdown on cases being registered daily,” said Vijay Kamble, Thane Police Commissioner.