CS orders state-level committee for inter-departmental coordination on crimes in opposition to girls & kids
Specialised joint coaching periods & particular person workshops to begin in 3 weeks, says DGP
CHANDIGARH: An inter-departmental assembly of the Punjab authorities on Monday selected a slew of measures to strengthen the investigation and prosecution equipment for dealing with prison offences in opposition to girls and youngsters, together with institution of 9 more fast-track courts underneath the POCSO Act and Sexual Assault Response Teams in all of the 27 police districts of the state to take care of circumstances of sexual assaults on girls.
The selections are in line with latest directives of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for making certain time-bound investigations in circumstances of crime in opposition to girls and youngsters, and bettering the prosecution charge in such circumstances.
At a high-level digital assembly, Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan directed officers to clear the pendency of circumstances associated to girls and youngsters from the interval 2016 to 2020 by means of high quality investigations on precedence. She additionally directed the officers to put down Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to fast-track the investigation of sexual offences in opposition to girls and youngsters by specifying the roles and tasks of all departments with regard to such circumstances.
Mahajan additionally ordered the structure of a State Level Committee, headed by the Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) – Home, to evaluation the month-to-month progress of pending circumstances. She directed the Health, Police and Prosecution departments to nominate a nodal officer for higher inter-departmental synergy to take care of investigation of prison circumstances associated to girls and baby, and in addition handle the required programmes for coaching of personnel in this regard.
The assembly was attended by Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Dinkar Gupta, Principal Secretary Social Security and Women & Child Development Raji P (*9*), Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Hussan Lal and Secretary Home Affairs Arun Sekhri. ADGP Women and Child Affairs Gurpreet Kaur Deo, Director Punjab Police Academy (PPA) Phillaur Anita Punj and Director Prosecution and Litigation Satnam Singh Kaler have been additionally current in the course of the assembly.
The Chief Secretary introduced that the state authorities may also recruit further Scientific Officers and Forensic Experts to make sure sooner disposal of circumstances pending with Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). She added that the method of approval to supply compensation to the victims may also be eased in order that such funds are made with none delay.
She additionally directed the Home division to expedite the institution of 9 different Fast-Track Courts, for which approval has been granted by the Government, in addition to the three such courts already operational in Ludhiana and Jalandhar. Notably,
seven Fast Track Courts coping with rape circumstances are additionally already useful in the state.
Mahajan knowledgeable the assembly that to mark the International Women’s Day on March 8, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh might be launching numerous tasks for the welfare of Women and Children.
DGP Punjab Dinkar Gupta instructed the assembly that the police division plans to arrange Sexual Assault Response Teams in all 27 Police Districts to take care of sexual assault circumstances, in addition to holding weekly conferences to debate and monitor progress of all such circumstances underneath investigation circumstances.
Gupta additional mentioned that Dedicated Help Desks, already established in any respect police stations and manned by girls for attending to complaints of ladies, might be performing from SAANJH Kendras positioned in shut neighborhood to the Police Stations. The DGP advised that some further district stage Special Prosecutors could also be appointed to take care of circumstances associated with sexual assault.
The Punjab Police Academy (PPA) Phillaur will organise joint coaching periods and particular person workshops for numerous departments, together with Police, Health, Prosecution and Forensic Science Laboratory, for higher coordination to deal with such circumstances, he mentioned, including that the primary batch of coaching will start inside three weeks, initially on-line and later in bodily mode too.
For correct utilisation of the Nirbhaya Funds, the Punjab Police will improve forensic devices, mobiles and IT tools and so on to take care of on-line cyber offences in opposition to girls and youngsters, mentioned the DGP.