In a meeting with Delhi Police on Thursday, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal evoked that it needs to set up a legal cell at the level of a Joint Commissioner of Police. He said that it will help in monitoring investigations as well as sensitising officers investigating crimes against women and children.

The meeting that was to review law and order had top Delhi government officials and Delhi Police in attendance. Baijal addressed to them that the Police needs an in-house legal cell at the level of the Joint CP of the range to assess and monitor cases and “to plug loopholes in investigation”, a Raj Niwas statement said, The Hindu reported.

He also instructed the officials to address “the urgent need for augmenting facilities” in forensic labs and prosecution. And he also spoke about the constant need for sensitising the investigating officers, particularly those dealing with cases of crimes against women and children.

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“He noted that sensitive handling can help the victims deal with the trauma and assist the investigation so that it reaches its logical conclusion swiftly,” Raj Niwas said.

Delhi Police also came prepared with a complete presentation covering all relevant judicial pronouncements and departmental standing orders/circulars. They told LG that they are dealing with crimes against women with high priority.

Police needs an in-house legal cell at the level of the Joint CP of the range to assess and monitor cases and “to plug loopholes in investigation”

The Police officials also informed him that if an Investigation Officer is not able to complete probe in 20 days, they generate an alert for Joint Commissioner of Police (Range) and Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order).

Currently, women IOs, preferably of Sub-Inspector level are handling investigation of rape cases, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) cases and other cases of crime against women.

They also mentioned that Assistant Commissioner of Police or Sub-Divisional Police Officer in each sub-division of Delhi Police has been deputed as the Nodal Officer for monitoring cases of crime against women, from inception i.e. stage of registering FIRs, investigation and filing of charge sheets, etc. A woman inspector assists them to work as the assistant nodal officer.

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