'Convictions in sexual atrocity cases low'

The criminal justice system needs to be strengthened to ensure justice to victims of molestation, rapes and sexual atrocities, said DG&IGP Rupak Kumar Dutta.

He was speaking at a one-day workshop on Safety and Security of Women and Children organised by Indian Police Foundation and Karnataka Police at the DGP’s office on Tuesday.

Dutta said around 700 cases of sexual atrocities were registered in 2012 in the state, while only 46 people were convicted. In 2013, there were 2,400 cases, while 64 people were convicted.

He appealed to sociologists, legal experts and NGOs to make collective efforts to reduce crimes against women. 

Former CJI M N Venkatachalaiah said the police work under political pressure in many cases and hence fail to conduct a free and fair probe. Senior police officers and delegates from across the country attended the workshop.

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