Police summoned in sexual assault case

DCW issues notice after Uzbek woman at beggar home alleges inaction

Published - February 17, 2017 01:45 am IST - New Delhi

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has summoned the Dwarka police to appear before it on Tuesday for alleged inaction in a complaint of sexual harassment at a beggar home by an Uzbek woman.

Notices sent in January

“Notices were sent in January to then Commissioner of Police on the complaint of an Uzbek woman residing in a beggar home and was forwarded to your police station. The Commission has learnt that till date an FIR has not been registered in the case,” a statement issued by the DCW read.

Ambit of powers

A notice seeking the status report of the case was also sought by the Commission.

“Despite the passage of over one month, the information has not been provided to the Commission,” the summon read.

Explaining the powers of the Commission, DCW chief Swati Maliwal wrote that the Delhi Commission for Women Act, 1994, mandates the Commission to investigate all matters relating to the safeguards provided for women under the Constitution.

Ms. Maliwal said Section 10(iii)(d) of the Act empowers the Commission to seek any information from any office, and gives it the powers of a civil court in this regard. The DCW can also give recommendations to the government on the issue of women’s safety, Ms. Maliwal said.

‘Failure to comply’

“In the above circumstances, the Commission hereby issues summons to you. If you fail to comply with this order without lawful excuse, you will be subjected to the consequences of non-attendance as provided in law,” read the statement.

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