Instead of “shrugging off its responsibilities” in curbing crimes against women in the capital, the Delhi Police must come up with an effective strategy to deal
with the problem, said the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs in its 189th report.
Calling for the government to take immediate steps to improve forensic investigation facilities, the standing committee also disagreed with the home ministry’s argument that the responsibility to prevent such crimes rests as much with society and civic agencies as it does with the Delhi Police.
The Home Ministry’s stand was that the police’s role is limited since a number of socio-economic and criminogenic factors are responsible for the prevalent attitude against women.
To back its argument, the home ministry had stated that crimes against women by people known to the victims continues to be nearly 96 per cent.
The committee in its report said it “strongly recommends that Delhi Police, instead of shrugging off its responsibilities towards preventing crimes against women, must chalk out effective and resilient strategy to combat them.” “The committee is of the considered view that a conclusive forensic investigation is required to ensure proper and speedy investigation and trials. Therefore, the capital should have a state-of-the-art facility for forensic investigation,” the report states.
It adds, “The committee strongly recommends that Delhi Police must work on implementing the strategy on upgrading police capacities in forensic science and augmentation.”
But it observed that wherever necessary, other agencies including civic bodies and civil society may be involved in the process.
It also pointed out that while Delhi Police’s PCR vans were an effective means of policing, time is often lost as personnel manning the call centre face problems identifying locations or names of roads cited by callers.
“The committee, therefore, recommends that people at the call centre must be familiar and must have enough inputs on the exact location of various places in Delhi,” the report said.
“The committee, therefore, recommends that Delhi Police take necessary steps to appoint people of all languages as indicated in the 8th schedule of the Constitution so that people from other areas may not face any problem in interacting with the call centre of Delhi police,” the report stated. The committee found that out of 1,004 vehicles of Delhi PCR, only 886 were on road while 118 multi-purpose vehicles were off the roads.