City cop compiles reference book on rape cases

City cop compiles reference book on rape cases

AURANGABAD: A head constable attached to the crime branch of the city police has penned a guide for the police on handling rape cases based on crucial decisions and observations of the Supreme Court.

The book titled ‘Supreme Court on Rape Cases’ will be launched by director general of police Sanjeev Dayal on Thursday. Senior officials said that it would work as a handbook for the policemen in Maharashtra.

Head constable Dwarkadas Bhange, who had joined the force in 1991, has done graduation in science and law. Bhange, who currently handles the Maharashtra Prevention Of Dangerous Activities Act and the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act section and also heads the legal cell of the city police, is regarded as an expert in law and is a ‘go to man’ for many senior police officials. He has cleared his inter-departmental exam and is awaiting promotion orders to the post of sub-inspector.

Bhange had published another book, ‘Dying Declaration’, around three years ago.

The comprehensive 121-page book on rape cases, printed at the government printing press, contains over 5,000 references of the observations, directions and conclusions given by the SC since 1967.

Bhange said, “In 2013, under the guidance of then commissioner of police Sanjay Kumar, I started compiling the data on the topic as the society, judiciary and the law enforcement agencies had suddenly become sensitive in cases of crime against women.”

He said, “The police personnel hardly find time to upgrade their knowledge on a day-to-day basis by going through the observations of the SC on rape cases. Investigation officers are so overburdened that they unknowingly commit technical errors, leading to flaws in evidence collection and at times failure in elaborating important details in the court of law, due to which cases end up in acquittal.”

Additional director general of police (CID) Sanjay Kumar said, “It is essential to keep the law enforcement agencies abreast with the observations and rulings of the SC on cases of crime against women. I am sure this compilation will prove handy to the investigation officers in the state.”

Kumar added, “Our prosecutors fail to give citations during the trials. If the Supreme Court citations are given, it act as an advantage and gives weightage to the prosecution. This compilation, containing categorized citations will go a long way in improving conviction rate.”

Officials said the book would be provided to the investigation officers in Aurangabad and neighbouring units before circulating it at all police stations across the state.

Commissioner of police Amitesh Kumar said, “This compendium deals with investigation and prosecution issues related to rape cases and would be very useful for those who work in law enforcement agencies. The readers may use it as a comprehensive reference text. It shall give a new perspective to the investigating officers and public prosecutors while preparing for trials.”

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