Bureau of Police Research and Development chief N R Wasan on Wednesday said that most police forces in the country suffered from lack of adequate training and, therefore, were found wanting when it comes to handling cases of crimes against women. “Most of them do not know the new rape laws which came into force after December 16,” he said.
He was speaking on World Youth Skills Day at a conference on ‘Safe City is a Smart City’ held by NGO Centre for Social Research on the safety of women in urban spaces. He said the BPR&D had a capacity for training 3,000, but was burdened with training of 10,000 men, which is why training was ineffectively imparted, mostly in capsule courses.
Advocate Adab Singh, who deals with cases related to crimes against women and dowry, said, “Most investigating officers in police stations do not know what sections to register a particular case under. We lawyers then have to file reports to courts, which then direct police to rectify the FIR. This process causes an unnecessary delay of six to eight months.”
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Delhi Police chief B S Bassi said, “Excellent training curriculum is imparted to police and adequate attention is paid to it.”
“Investigation of cases of crimes against women is not up to the mark in some instances and, I admit, it is a serious challenge. That police might not negotiate cases of domestic violence and file an FIR immediately instead, is something we can keep track of with the help of NGOs. Also my Joint Commissioner of Police Robin Hibu is overseeing development of a technology, whereby women can complain over the phone to police.”