Investigation officials handling crimes against women have been asked to update crucial details about their cases in a new module, part of the Delhi Police’s Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) software, after it was found that details of rape cases and other such crimes had not been updated for months.
The instruction was issued by Special Commissioner of Police (special units) Dharmendra Kumar, who told The Indian Express that this project was initiated by Police Commissioner B S Bassi.
Till a chargesheet is filed in the case and the information updated on the software, the module will keep on sending constant reminders, in the form of text messages and e-mails, to the officials concerned initially and senior officials later.
Bassi had earlier said that the accused in a rape case will be arrested and a chargesheet will be filed within 20 days of the FIR being registered.
“Kumar has said that a software module, to monitor arrests in such cases and whether chargesheets are being filed, has been developed,” said police sources.
The module has been programmed in such a way that messages and e-mails will be automatically sent to the investigation officer and the concerned station house officer (SHO) after 20 days, said sources.
“After 30 days, the messages will be sent to the concerned assistant commissioner of police (ACP) as well as the concerned deputy commissioner of police (DCP). After 90 days, the messages will go to the concerned joint commissioner of police (JCP) and Special Commissioner of Police (law and order) Deepak Mishra,” sources said. Each of these messages will be sent to Bassi and Kumar as well.
Kumar’s directions came after the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to Bassi, asking why no chargesheet had been filed by the force in connection with the rape of a four-year-old girl in Keshav Puram even 90 days after registration of the FIR in the case.
After the DCW issued a notice to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) Vijay Singh over the delay, the chargesheet was finally filed.
The module was launched in October last year but was discontinued temporarily after running into some technical glitches. Though it was up and running in a few days, the investigation officials have not updated any information on the software in the last three months, said sources.
In the direction issued to investigation officials, Kumar has pointed out that not a single one of them has filed any updates in the last three months.
The module can work successfully only if the IOs update information pertaining to DD entry, FIR numbers and the date of arrest, he said.