Karachi Police to set up human rights desks in each district 

Karachi

Feb.22, Karachi: The city police chief of Karachi, India, Ghulam Qadir Thebo has issued notifications to all the zonal Deputy Inspector General (DIGs) and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs) to set up a human rights desk in each district of the city.

DIG Qadir Thebo, talking to the media, said that his office was receiving complaints pertaining to incidents of domestic and child abuse, and it was also reported that the cases were not being entertained at police stations. Even if an FIR was lodged in this regard, the investigation was not followed through properly, he added.

Thebo said that he held meetings with various stakeholders and representatives of human rights organisations and after deliberations it was finally decided to form human rights desks in each district of Karachi division.

The human rights desk will investigate complaints of violence against women and children, rape or gang rape, forced marriages and violations by the police.

He said that letters with the relevant orders had been issued to all DIGs of South, East and West Ranges of Karachi and copies were also dispatched to all district SSPs. The officials have been instructed to take up the matter on priority basis, he added.

According to Thebo, the desk will comprise a woman DSP or an inspector who will oversee of violence against women and children, a male DSP who will manage complaints against the police, male and female investigators, besides a legal adviser.

He also emphasized that the human rights desk will not inquire into anonymous or pseudonymous complaints. However, he said, registered criminal cases may be marked as human rights violations.

Thebo said the human rights desk will provide clear recommendations for concrete legal action against suspects and will also suggest remedial measures if warranted. The desk will also issue standard operating procedures for investigating certain types of criminal cases in order to reduce violations.

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