HC issues notice over petition seeking guidelines on probe

Taking up a petition seeking directions for issuance of guidelines regarding investigation of crime against women, the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notices to Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana on Friday. The petition, filed by a rape victim, came up for hearing before a Division Bench comprising chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain.

The petitioner has given 10 suggestions out of her harrowing experience at the hands of UT police and the court. The petitioner alleged that FIR was registered by UT Police against the accused nearly two months after she had lodged a complaint. And despite lapse of six months, the UT Police has not been able to present challan in the trial court.

In addition, the police registered an FIR under sections 384 (punishment for extortion) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC instead of Section 376 IPC (punishment for rape).

The petitioner also alleged that no female police officer visited her house for seeking any clarifications and dhe had to repeatedly visit the police station to get her statements recorded.

She has leveled allegation against one police official, Shiv Kumar, who visited the victim's sister-in-law for recording her statement, which she alleged was done to tarnish her reputation.

The petition further alleged that accused was granted anticipatory bail by Additional Sessions Judge, Chandigarh, and the UT Police did not bring to notice of the court that accused was a proclaimed offender in another case.

The petitioner also submitted that investigation into complaints of crime against women should be conducted by women officials.

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