Low conviction rate in crimes against women matter of concern: Ampareen

Shillong, Aug 11: The Assembly Committee on Women Empowerment has expressed concerns regarding the low conviction rate relating to cases of Crime Against Women and Children.

The Committee met with the Director General of Police R. Chandranathan and had sought the status and progress of the POCSO cases, rape and murder cases in the state between 2018-2020.

Chairperson of the Committee, Ampareen Lyngdoh informed that they were happy to observe that the police department has progressed substantially in regards to the maintenance of data relating to crimes against women and children, but added that they were “quite alarmed that the conviction rate of all of these cases were pretty low”.

“We have requested the DGP to speed up all these cases because as per the report submitted, cases from 2015 still lay pending and are still incomplete. We have requested the DGP to take into consideration the fact that dignity of women in distress, dignity of rape victims, dignity of women murdered gruesomely be maintained – to ensure that women victims, irrespective of the merits and demerits of the case should always be put in a dignified manner,” she added.

Meanwhile, Committee Member HM Shangpliang said that they also discussed the state of the Forensic Lab in the state. “We found out that there were a lot of things to be bought and upgraded. Many sophisticated equipment and computerised machines require to be bought by the government and therefore this committee felt that because of the non-functionality of the FSL here in the state, a lot of cases are delayed for conviction and investigation,” he said.