The national capital is under fire for the alarming rate of crime against women taking place in the state. To tackle this issue, Delhi government has asked the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to expedite reports of crime against women that come to them. In its view, this would help accelerate the investigation and prosecution in such cases.

Delhi Home Minister, Satyendra Jain, wrote a letter to Principal Secretary asking him to ensure superior preference to cases of crime against women. It also asked to make sure that forensic examination in such offences happens within a month. Jain further expressed his wish to see a monthly report in such cases.

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“Keeping in view the ever increasing incidents of crimes women /girl child/ POCSO offences, all such cases that seek  forensic examination need to be attended urgently for earliest completion of prosecution. Accordingly, please ensure that such cases are given top priority and complete forensic examination within a month. A monthly report in this regard be submitted,” Jain said in the letter addressing FSL director.

Especially in sexual offences against women, there is no need to put the survivor on trial. This is why it took the decision of quickening the process of forensic examination of such cases.

An official close to CM Arvind Kejriwal told The Statesman that the Delhi government believes that especially in sexual offences against women, there is no need to put the survivor on trial. This is why it took the decision of quickening the process of forensic examination of such cases.

National Crime Record Bureau’s data year after year has projected the national capital in a bad light in terms of crime against women. However, the truth, is after 2012 there is a jump in women reporting sexual crimes that have happened against them. This has caused an indefinite rise in the numbers of rape, molestation, harassment, etc.

“In 2016, Delhi reported 2,155 cases of rape, 669 cases of stalking and 41 cases of voyeurism,” NCRB report.

The Delhi government has brought this decision at a crucial time when the nation is breaking out against such crimes after the rape and gangrape of the girl in Unnao and Kathua respectively.

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