06 December 2019
New Delhi: After the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad and the setting ablaze of a rape survivor in Unnao, the Union Home Secretary has written a letter to all the states and Union Territories, urging them to give highest priority to women's safety.
In his letter to state chief secretaries, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla wrote: "It's imperative that the police is easily accessible and is able to deal with any complaint on crime against women in a timely and proactive manner."
Bhalla in his letter said that the legislature has strengthened the law, but the states have to be more proactive in dealing with crime against women. If any lapses are done by the law enforcing agency, strict action should be taken, he said.
He mentioned about the advisory of the Home Ministry dated May 16, 2019 which had requested all States/UTs to ensure strict compliance with the provision in law to file 'Zero' FIR in event of a cognizable offence, including sexual assault on women.
The advisory also re-iterated that failure in this regard by any police official is a punishable offence. It also requested States/UTs to undertake refresher course for police personnel on the above subject.
The letter came in the wake of rising incidents of crime against women, which have also led to heated exchanges in the Parliament. Ten days after the brutal gang-rape and murder of the young veterinarian in Hyderabad, the police on Friday shot dead all the four accused in an alleged exchange of fire near Shadnagar town in Telangana's Ranga Reddy district.