Girl's suicide in police post: DCW sends notice to DCP (West)

New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports of the suicide of a girl at midnight inside the premises of a police post and issued a notice on Wednesday to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, West District, seeking an explanation in the matter.

Earlier this week, media reports brought to light a case where a girl committed suicide by hanging herself inside a police post in Tilak Nagar on the night of July 14.

The Commission has sought various details from Delhi Police, such as reasons for the presence of the girl in the police post late at night, the name of the officer responsible for the serious lapse and action taken against him, copy of FIR in the matter, CCTV footage of the police post, details of officers on duty at the time of incident etc.

DCW has asked Delhi Police to submit the report before July 20.

The DCW Act, 1994, mandates the Commission to investigate and examine all matters relating to the safeguards provided for women under the Constitution and give recommendations to the government on the issue of women safety.

Section 10(iii)(d) of the said Act empowers the Commission to seek any information, requisition any record or copy thereof from any office for the aforesaid purpose and gives it powers of a Civil Court in this regard.

On Tuesday, DCP (West) Vijay Kumar, on his Twitter handle, said "It is clarified that the girl had come to police post on her own at around 2:30AM. At that time, her family members were also at the PP and continued to be in the PP until this unfortunate incident happened. Enquiry by Learned Judicial Magistrate is on."

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