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DCPCR to approach Delhi top cop for submission of FIR in CWCs

New Delhi: The child rights body will soon approach the Delhi Police Commissioner regarding the submission of First Information Report (FIR) in Child Welfare Committees (CWC).

In consultation with stakeholders, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) came to know that in some children-related cases, FIR is not submitted by investigating officer to the concerned CWC.

According to DCPCR, they will ask the Police Commissioner to direct investigating officers to submit every single FIR of the cases related to children in CWC. Confirming the development, Ramesh Negi, chairperson DCPCR stated that CWCs present in consultation raised the issue and they will look into it. Rita Singh, member of DCPCR further stated that in some cases CWCs came to know about the incidents related to kids through other modes like newspaper.

"There should be the proper mechanism through which every FIR (children-related cases) should reach CWCs," said Rita Singh.

In one day consultation on CWCs (Child Welfare Committees), held at Indian Law Institute on Saturday, issues like linkages of CWC with various departments and stakeholders, empowerment of CWC in the administrative field and legal provision and CWC were discussed.

"Seven CWCs, District Child Protection Officers and legal counsels from Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) were present in the discussion," said Singh.

According to Delhi Police data, since 2017 over 200 people were arrested in Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) cases.

Sources claimed that in a recent meeting, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik reviewed the status of POCSO cases registered with all 14 districts.

The recent data published by the DCPCR stated that 42 per cent of the accused in cases, registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act, are neighbours of the children and the area of offence is the house of victims or at the accused residence.

The DCPCR data, accessed by Millennium Post, claimed that from January 2017 to October 2018, they received 341 POCSO cases.

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