Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Crimes against Women

Context: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an advisory to all States regarding mandatory operation by the police in crime against women.

Whats does the law say:

  • According to the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 – The statement, written or verbal, by a person who is dead shall be treated as a relevant factor in the investigation when the statement is made by a person as to the cause of his death, or as to any of the circumstances of the transaction which resulted in his/her death.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

Some of the mandatory measures that have to be taken in cases of crime against women:

  1. Compulsory registration of FIR in cases of cognizable offenses, including sexual assault.
  2. Collection of evidence for forensic examination
  3. Use of Sex­ual Assault Evidence Collection Kit
  4. Completion of investigation in sexual assault cases in 2 months
  5. Use of the national database on sexual offenders for identifying and tracking repeat offenders

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