What Justice JS Verma said about the police, DGPs and Neeraj Kumar

The Home Secretary may have patted the Delhi police commissioner for his handling of the horrific gangrape on 16 December, but the Justice JS Verma committee had less than flattering words to describe the police's handling of the case.

FP Staff January 23, 2013 19:07:28 IST
What Justice JS Verma said about the police, DGPs and Neeraj Kumar

The Home Secretary may have patted the Delhi police commissioner for his handling of the horrific gangrape on 16 December, but the Justice JS Verma committee had less than flattering words to describe the police's handling of the case and the protests that followed.

While presenting the report, Justice JS Verma told reporters that he was shocked by the government and senior police officer's response to the Delhi gangrape incident that happened on 16 December.

"I was shocked that the Police Commissioner got a pat on the back by the Home Secretary. The least I would have done was to apologize for the failure of my duty to protect citizens," said Justice Verma.

What Justice JS Verma said about the police DGPs and Neeraj Kumar

Delhi police. Naresh Sharma/ Firstpost

Days after the gangrape, Home Secretary RK Singh had lauded the police for arresting six men who allegedly attacked the student.

He also criticsed DGPs of state police forces for their failure to respond to their request for suggestions.

"One of the interesting features, because it is laughable, is that we expected response from the DGPs. There was hardly any response from any of them,” Verma said.

“If this is an attitude of DGPs then there needs to be a change in the steps taken to appoint the DGPs, which is among the recommendations we have made,” he said.

According to a Times of India report, except for Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, no other state police chief had responded to the Justice Verma Committee's notice seeking responses on deficiencies of law which they encounter when investigating crime against women.

"The state's role is not just to punish criminals but to prevent crimes against women. The duty of the state is to provide a safe environment to women and failure to do this renders it accountable, " he said.

The Verma panel has recommended police reforms for the preservation of law.

"Law enforcement agencies must not become tools in the hands of political masters," Verma said.

He said that the ambiguity over the control of Delhi Police should also be cleared.

"The peculiarity of government of NCR, Delhi is the reason given publicly by the chief minister for the absence of responsibility - this ambiguity must be removed forthwith," the former judge said.

The committee also noted that the insensitivity of police in cases of sexual assault is 'well known' and that the Supreme Court judgements alone indicate that.

Commenting on the outrage after the Delhi gangrape incident, Verma said, "The lathicharge on protesters scarred Indian democracy."

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