NCW seeks stringent action in dal scam

Bhubaneswar: National Commission for Women (NCW) on Wednesday accused Orissa Police of not registering cases relating to crimes against women even as such incidents were many in the state.

This allegation was made by NCW chairperson Girija Vyas after reviewing situation of crime against women here.

"It is a matter of great concern that the police is not registering cases relating to crime against women in the state," Vyas told reporters adding that denial of registration of FIR was itself a crime.

Stating that the Supreme Court had made it clear that no one should be stopped from filing FIR, NCW chairperson said "I told officers not to hide garbage under the carpet."

"We have to fight the situation out. Suppressing cases for record sake will not solve the problem," she said adding there had been steep rise in crimes against women across the country including Orissa.

Where FIRs were registered, police had not been pursuing them seriously, resulting in acquittal of accused persons. "Law is not properly implemented here," she said.

"Surprisingly, the rate of FIR in the state is very low," she pointed out stating that the NCW would soon draw attention of the government in this regard.

When contacted, director general of police (DGP) Manmohan Praharaj refused to comment.

Besides dowry related cases, trafficking of women was another major problem in the state as many of the victims from Orissa were being rescued from different cities.

To a query, Vyas said NCW had signed an MoU with an organisation for probe into trafficking cases. "Both police and judiciary need to be sensitised in women related cases, for speedy trial and timely justice for victims," she said.

On rising female foeticide and non-implementation of law in this regard, she said there should be proper monitoring of cases in district level. There had not been a single conviction in PNDT case in the state, she said.

Though many people were worried over misuse of section 498 (A) (cruelty by husband or his relatives) of the IPC, Vyas described it as a "Brahmastra" for safeguarding interest of women.