<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Commissioner of Police, Delhi to be present in the court on December 11, with a plan to bring down crimes against women.A bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said that if CP, Amulya Patnaik, cannot be present, then any officer of his rank, like that of a Special CP or a JCP should come to represent him.The court’s direction comes after advocate Meera Bhatia, appointed as the amicus curiae in the case, informed the court that the police knew everything about who the criminals are, what types of crimes are taking place.”To bring down the crime rate, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCPs) should be held responsible as the entire city is divided into districts under the concerned DCPs.Following this, the court said, “The Commissioner of Police, any such person similar to his rank such as Special CP or Joint CP should be present in the court on the next date of hearing to explore the feasibility to monitor all cases of crimes against women,” the bench said.During the course of the hearing, Swati Maliwal, chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), broke down in the courtroom while narrating the ordeals of minor girls who have been raped.”In the last ten days, three minors have been sexually assaulted. I met all three of them. There is no improvement in the law and order in the city. Following these incidents, I went to several police stations but the strength of the officials is so less that they cannot do anything. There is no improvement,” she said.On a query from the bench, Maliwal informed them that on an average three rapes are taking place on a daily basis.This drew the ire of the court, which said,”From the last three years, we have seen that nothing has been happening. It is not to find faults but don’t reject the whole process. We suggest both the ministries to sit together and decide. Take it on a war footing.”Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain informed the court that a letter was written to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Finance in compliance to the earlier order for recruitment of officers in the Delhi Police.While the Ministry of Finance did not file any response, the MHA did not give a substantive response.Why the cops?The Delhi High Court direction comes after advocate Meera Bhatia, appointed as the amicus curiae in the case, informed the court that the police know everything about who the criminals are, what types of crimes are taking place, with regard to cases on crimes against women.

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Crime against women: Police should be held responsible, says Delhi High Court