Govt must appoint women officers to probe rape cases: HC

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The Karnataka High Court today directed the government to appoint women police officers "as far as practicable" to investigate rape cases.

Hearing a PIL seeking a legislation to deal with gang rape cases, a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen, agreeing with the suggestion made by counsel for petitioner, directed the government to appoint women police officers to investigate such cases as the victim can confide much better.

When it was brought to the court's notice the few women police stations that were there, were at present investigating dowry harassment cases, the court suggested that such police stations could investigate rape cases.

The court further directed the government to follow Supreme Court guidelines while investigating rape cases. On December 6, the state police chief Lalrokhuma Pachau had informed the court there were no lapses on part of police in investigating rape cases.

A student of National Law school of India University was gangraped in October. Later three bar girls were also subjected to similar humiliation by a gang, which evoked public outrage.

The PIL was filed by advocate M K Vijaykumar.

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