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Centre has issued advisory to states on women safety

The home ministry said there should be compulsory registration of an FIR in case of a cognisable offence under the CrPC.

The Centre Government has issued an advisory to states on safety of women and how to deal with crime against them and said any failure of police to adhere to laid down rules do not augur well for the justice.

The detailed three-page advisory of the Union Home Ministry came days after the alleged gangraped and murder of women at Hathras in Uttar Pradesh sparked nationwide outrage.

The home ministry said there should be compulsory registration of an FIR in case of a cognisable offence under the CrPC.

The law also enables the police to register an FIR or a “Zero FIR”, in case the crime is committed outside the jurisdiction of police station, in the event of Receipt of Information on commission of a Cognisable offence, which includes cases of sexual harassment on women, the ministry said.

However, even with rigid provisions in law and several capacity building measures undertaken, any failure of police to abide to these mandatory requirements may not augur well for the delivery of criminal justice in the country, especially in the context of women safety, it said.

Such lapses, if noticed, need to be investigated into and stringent action taken immediately against the concerned officers responsible for the same, the advisory to states said.

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