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Delhi govt issues SOP for protection of interfaith couples; sets up ‘special cell’, 24-hr helpline

The Delhi authorities has issued a normal working process (SoP) for the safety of inter-faith and inter-caste {couples} from harassment and threats and directed organising of ‘particular cells’, headed by deputy commissioners of police, to look into such issues.

Based on the SOP, the federal government will present lodging in its ‘protected home’ to these {couples} whose relationship is being opposed by their households or the local people or khaps.

The federal government stated the present 181 toll-free girls helpline of the Delhi Fee for Ladies will function a round the clock helpline to obtain from inter-faith and inter-caste married {couples} complaints of risk and harassment and supply obligatory help.

“The telecallers educated to deal with misery calls and already privy to out there companies can present obligatory help/recommendation to the couple in misery. If required, they are often additional educated to deal with such calls,” said the SOP issued by the social welfare division.

It said that after listening to the couple, the DCP of the realm involved, who will carry out as head of the ‘particular cell’, will carry your entire details to the data of the district Justice of the Peace and convey their requirement for keep in ‘protected home’.

Earlier this week, violence had erupted at southeast Delhi’s Harijan Basti in allegedly reference to an inter-faith marriage. The Delhi Police has arrested a number of individuals for his or her alleged involvement within the incident.

“Ample safety shall be supplied to the couple in type of PSO (protecting service officer) and the ‘protected home’ may also be secured by the DCP of the realm involved.

“The couple shall be briefed concerning the risk to them and in no case they be uncovered until the difficulty is resolved,” the division stated in SOP.

In case the couple doesn’t wish to keep within the ‘protected home’, the particular cell will present safety to them in accordance with the risk notion at their place of keep.

If preliminary enquiry ascertains the authenticity of threats, the DCP involved will direct an ACP or sub-division police officer to register an FIR in opposition to these threatening the couple.

Based on the social welfare division, the federal government has established ‘Protected Home’ at a state-run residential space in north Delhi’s Kingsway Camp which might accommodate most three {couples}.

It stated in March 2018, the Supreme Court docket had directed the state to create ‘particular cell’ in each district comprising the superintendent of police, the district social welfare officers and others to obtain petition or complaints of harassment and threats to inter-caste and inter-faith {couples}.

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