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‘Give us info on implementation of audio-video recording of witnesses’

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has sent a notice to Delhi Police seeking information on the implementation of the audio and video recordings of the witnesses during investigation process in crimes against women and girls in the city.

In a letter written to Sundari Nanda, Special Commissioner of Police for Women Safety, the women panel has sought information of the total number of cases where the statements of witnesses under Section 161 CrPC during investigation have been recorded by audio/video electronic means by the police officers. “DCW has a mandate of reviewing implementation of existing provisions of laws affecting women in the city and therefore, it required information on the evidentiary value of audio and video recordings of statements of witnesses in crimes against women and girls in Delhi,” said Maliwal in the letter.

On Monday, the DCW Chief Swati Maliwal had sought permission of the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court to undertake research on justice delivery system for women in cases related to crimes against them. The Commission wants access to all the court files related to Protection of Child from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act, 2012, the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013 and the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. Maliwal has mentioned that the main objective of DCW is to undertake these projects to understand the problems of women and children during justice delivery mechanism which will then help the DCW in providing more suitable recommendation to the government to ensure justice for victimised women and girls. 
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