New Delhi: In the backdrop of massive protest in National capital against the heinous gang rape of a paramedical student in a moving bus, the Delhi Police have started special drives in order to sensitise and upgrade the police by imparting new skills.

In this series, two courses, namely, Gender Sensitisation of policemen and Investigation of Offence of rape by women Sub Inspectors were launched at Delhi Police’s Specialised Training Centre, Rajinder Nagar. The courses were inaugurated by Justice Gita Mittal of Delhi High Court in presence of Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.  

While the course on Gender Sensitization for policemen is of 3 days, the course on Investigation of offence of rape is of 8 days duration. These courses are essential component of In-service courses held regularly for its serving policemen but this time they have been recasted with all the latest directions of the Courts, experiences of police officers, advancement in technology and newer methods of training were incorporated.

Justice Mittal, while inaugurating the training courses exhorted the society to stop discriminating between daughters and sons and treat them equally. She also emphasized the need for fast track courts and the need for making infrastructural improvements, such as, increasing the capacity of CFSL Laboratories in giving quicker results.

Talking to the participants, Neeraj Kumar asked the police officials to make full use of the opportunity available and learn the finer aspects of investigation and behavioural training. He also complimented the Training Branch for taking the initiative in organizing the course which has current relevance.

The Delhi Police has issued comprehensive instructions regarding investigation of rape or sexual assault cases through Standing Order (Operational) No.49 to improve the quality of investigation and to ensure that such cases are dealt with utmost care.

It is to be noted that the Delhi Police has been under constant attack ever since the incident of brutal gang rape came to light. And in a bid to improve its image in the eyes of public the Delhi Police have been taking slew of majors to increase its efficacy. But one has to wait in order to see whether these incidents have really proved to be an eye opener for the police or with the passage of time they will return to their earlier approach.

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