EXIGENCY FOR POLICE REFORM IN ADDRESSING SEXUAL OFFENCES

Author- SHUBHAM SHUKLA

Volume 1 Issue 2 (2020)

Sexual offences are rampant in India. The Hathras incident hashed light on the incompetency and serious lack of police accountability. This paper serves to suggest a model of reform in the working of police personnel, especially in handling cases of sexual offences. International models have been utilised to understand the issues which must be addressed and the modus operandi of handling complaints related to sexual offences. In light of the Indian scenario, suggestions by Justice J.S Verma Committee Report and other reports have been analysed. Doctrinal search has been conducted to compile the cases highlighting inefficiencies in the police system. Negligence, lack of awareness, corruption and prejudice have been established as the main flaws which has infested the system. The article does not seek to deal with issues of sexual assault wholly, but is restricted to those arising out of police incompetency. The aim is to suggest a model for efficient and sensitized police personnel in addressing sexual assault cases.

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