The Delhi Commission for Women has sent a notice to police seeking details about cases of crimes against women and girls where the statement of the witnesses was recorded by audio or video means during investigation. The women's panel has also asked police to provide them total number of cases where the statement of the witnesses under section 161 CrPC during investigation have been recorded by audio or video means by police officers. "The commission seeks certain information on the implementation of provisions relating to the use of audio-video equipment for the recording of statements of witnesses," DCW chief Swati Maliwal said in a letter to Sundari Nanda, special Commissioner of Police (Women Safety), special police unit for women & children. The Commission has asked the police to give the number of cases of crimes against women and girls where the statement of the witnesses was recorded by audio or video means. "List of devices that are available in the police stations for recording audio/ video statement of the victim," the letter said. DCW has requested police to give this information on an urgent basis. "DCW has the mandate of reviewing, from time to time, implementation of existing provisions of laws affecting women," an official said.
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