Sunday, March 02, 2014

Student who was gang-raped, pushed from bus is in critical condition

Case Details of File Number: 7944/30/8/2012-WC
Name of the Complainant


LINKED WITH CASE NO.7946/30/8/2012-WC/FC The Commission took suo-motu cognizance of a newspaper report captioned "Gang-raped in moving bus, girl fights for life in Delhi Hospital, published in "The Hindu" on 18.12.2012. According to the press report, a twenty-three-year old woman was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in South Delhi on 16.12.2012. The Commission also received a series of complaints in this matter. The Commission on 18.12.2012 issued notices to the Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India and Commissioner of Police, Delhi to submit a report in this matter. Pursuant to the directions of the Commission, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Vigilance, Delhi vide his communication dated 11.01.2013 submitted a report. In the said report, a detailed account of the incident and action taken by the police in arresting all the accused persons has been mentioned. It is also reported that after completion of investigation, charge-sheet has been filed before the concerned Court. The DCP, Vigilance has also further reported that to prevent crime against women, the following measures have been taken. i. The Delhi Police has issued orders directing the BPOs, Corporate and Media Houses for taking certain steps for the safety and security of women employees like ensuring that they do not travel alone in the cab and are dropped right at their door steps. ii. Women Help Desks have been established in each Police Stations to ensure that distressed women can comfortably share their complaint with women officers deployed at such help desks. iii. Safety of women in Railways and Metros has been intensified. iv. Legal awareness programmes have been organized for police personnel in association with reputed NGOs to create a "Gender friendly Environment" in police stations. v. Civic agencies have been informed about poor street lighting of dysfunctional lamp posts. Routes taken by women returning from work at late night are being covered by ERVs & PCR vehicles as well as police patrol motorcycle. All PCR vans have been directed to help stranded women during night hours. vi. Delhi Police has initiated several initiatives such as "Yuva" to engage young adults in positive activities and self defence courses for women through "Swayam". vii. Standing guidelines for investigation of women related cases has been issued. All women related cases would be investigated by women police officers. DNA profiling in gang rape cases has been made mandatory. viii. Dedicated telephones are being provided to all the Police Stations for Women Help Desk. ix. Special Commissioner of Police level nodal officer is appointed for monitoring the complaints by women and interaction with women NGOs on last Friday of every month. On consideration of the report, the Commission notes that nothing has been stated about the recruitment of more women police personnel in the police force. We hope and trust that the government will take immediate steps to recruit more women police personnel to prevent crime against women and to make the city a safe place for women. Since the session's case is pending before the Court and the High Court of Delhi is already monitoring the prosecution of the case, the Commission would not like to proceed further with the matter as steps for ensuring safety of women in the city are being taken by Delhi Police. The case may be treated as closed.

Please see petition of Lenin Raghuvanshi on behalf of PVCHR:

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