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Sensitize SHOs & IOs on important legal provisions: Crime Branch to districts

New Delhi: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has written to districts regarding the sensitisation of station house officers (SHOs) and investigating officers about important legal provisions. The move came after the Ministry of Home Affairs wrote to senior government officials in all states and union territories about the failure to record information under sub-section (1) of section 154 of Cr.PC punishable under section 166 A of IPC. The copy of the letter was also sent to all DGPs and Commissioner of Police.

Sources added that the crime branch wrote to all districts/units and attached MHA letter. They (crime branch) talked about 154 (1) CrPc, section 166 A (c) IPC, section 173 CrPc. "All DCsP districts and units are requested to sensitize the SHOs and IOs to strictly adhere to the legal provisions. Further they are also requested to conduct refresher courses for SHOs/IOs on above-mentioned aspects of law, in order to increase awareness and compliance," sources said quoting letter content.

Highly placed sources said that the letter from MHA was written by Joint Secretary rank official in which it was written that even with the provisions in law being in place, certain instances reported recently point to the failure of police in some states/UTs to adhere to these legal provisions. "This may not auger well for the delivery of criminal justice in the country, especially in context of women safety. In this context, it is requested that State/UTs may suitably reiterate instructions to the police to ensure strict compliance with the provisions in the law with respect to registration of FIR," sources said quoting letter content. Sources further added that States/UTs may also consider conducting refresher courses for police personnel on this issue to increase awareness and compliance.

Sources claimed that it was further written that the law enables the police to register FIR or a Zero FIR in the event of receipt information on commission of a cognizable offence, which includes sexual assault on women compulsory registration of FIR under sub-section (1) of section 154 of the code of criminal procedure, 1973 is obligatory.

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