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State police against separate Witch-hunting law

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 25 � Assam Police today voiced its opinion against having a separate legislation to tackle rising incidents of �witch-hunting� and stated that the existing laws are enough to book the culprits on charges of culpable homicide.

However, it stressed the need for having a separate investigation for effective policing.

Representing Assam Police at a consultation chaired by National Law Commission�s Vice Chairman KTS Tulsi here at the Circuit House, Additional Director General of Assam Police (CID) Mukesh Sahay said that having an exclusive team of investigators is a must to improve the investigation system, which will also facilitate fast disposal of cases.

At present, around 48,000 cases are pending with the CID, informed Sahay.

Sahay found support in Law Commission�s Vice-Chairperson Tulsi, who was also against having separate legislation when it comes to dealing with �honour killings�.

While �honour killing� is mostly prominent in Northern India, killing in the name of �witch-hunting� has taken hundreds of lives in Assam over the years.

The Commission, it may be mentioned, is preparing a draft on �honour killing�.

The participants, who included judicial officers and judges, recommended audio-visual recording facilities for recording witness�s account and also for collecting samples of drugs under cases registered under the NDPS Act.

The consultation also pleaded for making video conferencing available even in jails. Besides, judicial officers also recommended certain amendment vis-�-vis Sec 498(A) and modernisation of criminal delivery system.

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State police against separate Witch-hunting law

GUWAHATI, Sept 25 � Assam Police today voiced its opinion against having a separate legislation to tackle rising incidents of �witch-hunting� and stated that the existing laws are enough to book the culprits on charges of culpable homicide.

However, it stressed the need for having a separate investigation for effective policing.

Representing Assam Police at a consultation chaired by National Law Commission�s Vice Chairman KTS Tulsi here at the Circuit House, Additional Director General of Assam Police (CID) Mukesh Sahay said that having an exclusive team of investigators is a must to improve the investigation system, which will also facilitate fast disposal of cases.

At present, around 48,000 cases are pending with the CID, informed Sahay.

Sahay found support in Law Commission�s Vice-Chairperson Tulsi, who was also against having separate legislation when it comes to dealing with �honour killings�.

While �honour killing� is mostly prominent in Northern India, killing in the name of �witch-hunting� has taken hundreds of lives in Assam over the years.

The Commission, it may be mentioned, is preparing a draft on �honour killing�.

The participants, who included judicial officers and judges, recommended audio-visual recording facilities for recording witness�s account and also for collecting samples of drugs under cases registered under the NDPS Act.

The consultation also pleaded for making video conferencing available even in jails. Besides, judicial officers also recommended certain amendment vis-�-vis Sec 498(A) and modernisation of criminal delivery system.