Nitasha Natu, TNN | Nov 12, 2013, 03.51 AM IST

MUMBAI: Police commissioner Satya Pal Singhsaid on Monday that several factors such as false complaints and witnesses turning hostile in court were responsible for low conviction rates in rapecases.

He was speaking at an event held in Andheri (W) where producers, scriptwriters, actors and filmmakers from Bollywood were invited for a discussion on how to make the city safer.

“It’s incorrect to blame the police solely for conviction rates in rape cases,” he said. “A study has shown that in nearly 56% of the rape cases, witnesses turn hostile in court. Also, around 30% of the cases are date rape cases or rapes committed by boyfriends. There are also cases of rape where the accused person is a relative, a friend or a family member.”

The police commissioner said that for foolproof investigations, workshops were organized for police officers and written instructions issued to all police stations.

“Instances of crimes against women are sensitive and monitoring of investigation is done by a deputy police commissioner,” he said.

Commenting about the Dindoshi gangrape case, where a 16-yer-old victim had been shooed away by two police officers earlier this month and only a non-cognizable offence was filed, Singh said the issue was serious.

“An inquiry has already been initiated against the concerned officers and action will certainly be taken against them,” he said.

Singh also fielded questions on the Jiah Khan case, where the actor’s mother, Rabiya, alleged that her death was homicide and not suicide. A Delhi medico-legal expert recently said the presence of tissues and blood samples in Jiah’s nails hinted at a struggle and asked why the samples were not tested.

“We have launched a re-investigation following the Bombay high court order,” Singh said. “Points raised by the expert will be examined.”

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