CM seeks stricter law for crime against women, kids

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday directed the state home department to prepare a draft of suitable amendments in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to make punishment far more stringent for crime against women and children.

Badal gave the directive after reviewing the law and order situation arising out of the incident in Patiala where a girl committed suicide alleging police inaction 44 days after she was gangraped, a spokesperson said.

Badal also directed the principal secretary (home) and the Punjab DGP to prepare a blueprint for quick response team, which can act immediately on any complaint of crime against women and children. He also warned that in future the SSPs will be held responsible for any delay in action on the complaint of women or children.

Meanwhile, the DGP apprised the CM about the suspension of a DSP and dismissal of ASI for dereliction of duty in the incident. He also informed that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by the ADGP (Crime) Jaswinder Singh and consisting of IG (Crime) Shashi Prabha Diwedi and IG Zonal, Patiala, Paramjeet Singh Gill has been formed.

The SIT was now in the Badshahpur village near Samana in Patiala district to probe into the circumstances which led to the tragic incident, the DGP said.

Earlier in the day, Badal had also asked

the Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Surjeet Singh Rakhra to personally visit the bereaved familyon behalf of the state government.

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