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Centre Issues Advisory To States And UTs On Crime Against Women

Mumbai: Following the recent gang-rape incident in Uttar Pradesh, the central government on Saturday issued an advisory for states and union territories to curb crimes against women.

In a two-page detailed notice, the Ministry of Home Affairs reminded the state and UT governments of existing laws for “compulsory action by police in cases of crimes against women”.

The ministry listed three important sections of the Criminal Procedure Code (CRPC), including “compulsory registration of FIR”, investigation within two months (about rape) and a compulsory medical examination (in a rape or sexual assault case) must be conducted by a registered medical professional, with the consent of the person, within 24 hours of the receipt of such offense.

“It has been requested that States/Union Territories may issue instructions to all concerned to ensure strict compliance with the provisions in the law. ITSSO (An online portal for tracking cases of sexual offenses) to ensure suitable follow-up action,” the notice read.

The advisor further noted that “the failure of the police to comply with these mandatory requirements may not augur well for the delivery of criminal justice in the country, particularly in the context of women’s safety” and against those who are flouting these rules “Strict action” is warned.

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