If there is half step forward to fix the misuse of Gender Biased Laws, the entire lobby comes out in full force to pressurise and compel that the order be withdrawn. Such was the story repeated after Mumbai Police Commissioner, Sanjay Pandey, issued circular few weeks ago, to have mandatory DCP nod before registering cases under POCSO.
Pandey had categorically mentioned that this was done since there had been rampant misuse of POCSO Act, where property and family disputes, personal enmity, others, were the real reasons behind filing such false cases, using minors.
Now, after facing huge criticism from women rights activists, notices from NCPCR & MCPCR, Mumbai Police Commissioner, on Friday, issued a revised order directing police officials across the city to immediately register an FIR of molestation or crimes under POCSO Act in cases where they do not suspect any foul play.
Activists Moved Bombay High Court
Child Rights Organisations challenged the order in court, where a bench of Justices Revati Mohite Dere and VG Bisht had, on Thursday, directed the public prosecutor to seek instructions directly from the police commissioner himself and ask him whether he was ready to withdraw the circular.
As per the revised order, only in instances when police personnel suspect foul play, they have been directed to inform the senior police inspector. The information should then be forwarded to the assistant commissioner of police and the zonal deputy commissioner of police and permission should be sought before registering an offence.
Mumbai Police Commissioner @CPMumbaiPolice Forced To Revise POCSO Circular Issued To Curb False Cases
— Voice For Men India (@voiceformenind) June 19, 2022
Shakti Act, 2020 | Maharashtra
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