Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered senior police officers in the state to not only reach the crime spot but in future also complete the investigations, in all cases of crime against women and children in a timebound manner. Promising strict action against those behind such incidents in Agra, Chitrakoot and Pratapgarh, Adityanath reiterated that his government was committed to act decisively in all cases of crime against women and children.
Yogi Adityanath said that effective cover of protection must be provided to all the poor and needy likely to be affected in such incidents.
“All cases of crime against women should be tried in fast track courts while those related to minors be tried in Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act courts,” said Adityanath, according to the press note. He stressed on ensuring the guilty were punished in the shortest possible time, the press note said.
Earlier, Allahabad high court had directed the Uttar Pradesh government to take steps for the early constitution of Juvenile Justice Boards (JJB) in each district of the state to ensure appropriate measures including those related to children accused of violating any penal laws.
Besides, the court directed the state government to ensure that in future, steps for filling vacancies in the JJB are taken at least six months prior to the date of the post getting vacant.
The Yogi Adityanath government’s effort to close gaps in administration of law and order in the state, especially in cases of crimes against women, follows a huge outcry and allegations of state apathy and mishandling of the gang rape of a girl in Hathras district.
Yogi wouldn’t let another Hathras
On 14 October, Yogi Adityanath announced that the government will be adopting a stringent approach towards people accused of violence against women. Yogi said that all cases of violence against women will undergo trial in fast track courts. He added that crimes concerning minor will be tried under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
He said that officials instructed to give immediate help to families of victims. Potent prosecution proceedings to be conducted for punishing such crimes.
CM Adityanath added that the district administration of Agra, Chitrakoot and Pratapgarh have been directed to conduct a proper investigation of the cases that have surfaced from the said areas. He added, “Senior officers have been instructed to assess crime scenes at earliest & give security to victims’ families.”