Stating that the Delhi Police had a ‘chronic problem’ of not filing chargesheets on time, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal Tuesday sent a notice to Police Commissioner B S Bassi and pointed out that the police had filed chargesheets in less than half of the cases of crimes against women registered since 2012.
In the notice, the DCW chief cited a letter received from Deepak Mishra, senior special commissioner of police (law & order) on September 2. She said that in crimes against women, chargesheets are yet to be filed in 1,059 cases in 2012 (27.56 per cent of total cases registered), 3,218 cases in 2013 (34.71 per cent of total cases registered), 7,319 cases in 2014 (65.3 per cent of total cases registered) and 6,800 cases in 2015 (95.45 per cent of total cases registered). Since 2012, 31,446 FIRs were registered but only 13,050 chargesheets were filed, less than half the number of cases.
The Rape Crisis Cell of the DCW had received a case on the rape of a 4-year-old girl at Keshav Puram on October 9, wrote Maliwal. “I have been informed that the chargesheet in this case has not been filed despite the passage of 90 days. This is a serious issue as the accused has an absolute right for bail if the chargesheet is not filed within the prescribed period of 90 days in view of proviso (a) to Section 167 (2) of CrPC,” she stated.
The DCW chief said in the notice that although information had been provided to the commission, it was yet to receive all the information it had sought from the police regarding crimes against women.
At a meeting held by the Lieutenant Governor in November, said Maliwal, the police commissioner had assured her that all the necessary information would be provided to the DCW.
“However, the Commission takes strong note of the fact that despite the passage of several months, complete information has not been provided,” Maliwal wrote.
Seeking the information within 10 days, Maliwal added, “Please also provide details of the mechanism(s) currently being followed by the Delhi Police to monitor the filing of chargesheets in a timely manner.”