Delhi Commission for Women has issued a stern warning to the city’s top cop BS Bassi that his failure to comply with the repeated requests for data on crimes against women will result in jail sentence for him.
In a hard-hitting statement the DCW chief, Swati Maliwal, said, “Commission has reminded the Police Commissioner that failure to present data sought by the Commission constitutes an offence under Sec. 176 of the IPC which is punishable with a jail term of 1 month and/or fine.”
The DCW had last week sent a letter last week had asked Bassi to appear before the commission on 8 February.
She said, “DCW has been seeking data on crimes against women from the Delhi Police for the last 6 months and has issued 4 letters, 2 notices and has discussed the issue in person with the Delhi Police Commissioner thrice. The details of the crimes against women data sought by DCW from Delhi Police are annexed as Annexure C.
“In its letter, the Delhi Police has stated that the information sought on crimes against women was publicly available on its website, which is not the case. Strangely, in the same letter Delhi Police has also stated that if the crimes against women data is revealed to DCW, it would cause a law and order problem in Delhi (Para 24 of Annexure A).”
Maliwal added that it appears that exercising the powers of the Delhi Commission for Women for requisitioning information on crimes against women, has been ‘sadly misinterpreted by the Delhi Police as a battle of supremacy.’
She said, “the Commission is extremely concerned to note that for the year 2014, 47.05% FIR’s are still pending investigation and no chargesheet have been filed on the same till date (Para 16 of Annexure A). It is also shocking to note that according to the Delhi Police, in the year 2014 only 9 cases resulted in conviction in crimes against women and only 146 have resulted in conviction in the same since 2012.
“In such a situation, it becomes all the more imperative for the Delhi Commission for Women to collate data, understand the ground reality and give recommendations to the Government as per its statutory mandate. For instance, the DCW has sought information regarding the number of cases (for each year since 2012 till 2015) wherein departmental action has been initiated against the Investigating Officer responsible for acquittals in accordance with directions given by Hon’ble Supreme Court in State of Gujarat Vs. Kishanbhai reported as (2014) 5 SCC 108 in Para 21 & 22 of the letter dated 07.10.2015. The DCW believes that the same crucial information which has not been provided by Police will be useful in giving recommendations on improving convictions.”