Chargesheet in 20 days in rape case, says police chief Bassi

Facing flak over the large number of rape cases being reported in the capital, the Delhi Police on Friday announced that a chargesheet will be filed within 20 days of the arrest of an accused in a rape case.

A standing order in this regard has been issued to all deputy commissioners of police, directing them to ensure that the rule is implemented in their respective districts. The move has been initiated to ensure swift justice to the victim, police said.

"A standing order has been issued on Friday directing all district units to ensure that a chargesheet is filed within 20 days of the arrest of a rape accused," Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said.

Police said the move will ensure a sense of responsibility among the personnel and swift justice to victims.

In 2013, 1,559 rape cases were registered as opposed to 680 cases in 2012. Of these, 1,398 cases have been solved, police said.

"Women's safety is a priority and in order to address problems of sexual harassment, women police in civil clothes have been deployed in many places. All complaints received at police stations pertaining to rape, molestation and outraging the modesty of women are being investigated on a priority basis," Bassi said.

Police said the standing order states that if the chargesheet is not filed within 20 days, the matter will be submitted to the joint commissioner of police of the range concerned and he will have the authority to initiate action against the investigating officer.

If it can't be addressed at the level of the joint commissioner of police, the matter will be referred to the special commissioner of police (Law and Order) and special commissioner of police (Crime).

Police said department action, including an inquiry, may be initiated against the investigating officer concerned if he is unable to furnish a valid reason for the delay in filing the chargesheet.

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