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HC ordered Delhi Police to set up unit to prevent racial profiling

Mar 6, 2014 17:05 IST

Delhi high court ordered Delhi Police to set up a unit on the lines of Crime against Women (CAW) to prevent racial profiling of people from North East India on 5 March 2014.

Main highlights of the High court order

•    High Court asked the police commissioner to undertake massive drive to sensitize its 83000 strong police force about preventing such crimes.
•    The Police Commissioner shall direct all DCPs that they should sensitise police personnel with regard to the problems faced by the citizens from the Northeast.
•    A full-fledged unit similar to CAW is needed rather than just a small cell as currently set up by the police for grievance redressal of problems faced by the north east people.
•    Only education and the fear of being caught, punished or prosecuted will work in stemming racial profiling of the community.

imageThe bench asked Delhi police to file a status report on or before 26 March 2014 to give details of actions taken by them on 47 complaints received from Northeast peoples on recently launched helpline number: 1093.

Besides, the lieutenant General (LG) of Delhi Najeeb Jung constituted a committee to ensure safety of people from the northeast community living in Delhi. The Committee will be headed by principal secretary of Union Home Ministry.  The committee will identify mechanisms to ensure safety of the community.

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